by Jan Zimmerman

One of the many nice things about retirement at the shore is having time to do something besides work! Having brought my children to The Wetland’s during summer vacations years ago, and as a lover of the seashore environment, volunteering with The Wetlands Institute was a great opportunity for me to “give back.”

Time spent here is always appreciated and has never been dull. By working in the Outreach Program, I have helped spread the word about the Institute’s educational programs, research, and conservation efforts. Young and old alike are very interested in learning and sharing. When giving a hand with other projects, I have enjoyed a range of fun experiences – from tagging Monarch butterflies, helping with the Junior Duck Stamp Program, and even being a Wetland’s elf. The wonderful staff and enthusiastic summer interns have taught me so much!

It is great to keep learning and to play a small part in supporting an appreciation of the coastal environment. I very much enjoy the time spent volunteering at a great place with a wonderful group of people.