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katiekoop

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Review for Sky Island Alliance, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a retired teacher, an artist, and wannabe botanist, and have been volunteering with Sky Island Alliance for about five years. Not sure where I originally heard about their work trips, but I blindly signed up for one going to Aravaipa TNC to pull the exotic Vinca from a three + acre area surrounding the creek. It was very hard work and seemingly endless, but I returned several times more after that first trip and could see the results of our efforts. Clearing the invasives and then planting natives made a huge impact on the landscape. The knowledgeable staff is so generous sharing their expertise with us "citizen scientists." Other trips include the Chiricahuas to clear a seep of sedge, and to the Gila Wilderness to restore a burnt out area around the ruin, and always checking up on previous work and plants. They do the most wonderful work and the staff are always so friendly, knowledgeable, and appreciative. It has been a great opportunity for me to travel and visit places in Southern Arizona that I wouldn't have otherwise on my own. I also sometimes volunteer at the office and at event tables. I have made some lasting friendships with both staff and other volunteers. Don't let the photo fool you, relaxing at the end of a work day is part of the job. Thank you Sky Island Alliance!

Role:  Volunteer