I started visiting the Audubon Center when I was in college in the late 1970s. One of my professors was also the naturalist at the Center and he encouraged us to go down… to volunteer for programs and so on. I took a training there as a college kid and thought it sounded like fun. But I was too busy to be helpful to them at that time.
When Maddie was in half-day kindergarten, I requested a half-time leave of absence from my computer/math job at the local community college. I used my time off to volunteer at Audubon. Through a series of fortunate events, a job opened and I got it.
I worked at Audubon for nearly 22 years, retiring in June of 2020. It was such an interesting place to work. I got a lot of joy from learning daily about the natural world, and from sharing what I learned with others. I wore many hats – naturalist, program director, grant writer, and even center director (interim for a very short time between directors). I spent a bit of my paid time out on the trails at the Center and I’m sure I will continue to hike there in my retirement.