Volunteer of the Month

Anthony, an environmental biology major at Ozarks Technical Community College, began volunteering at the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in the fall of 2017 and has logged 34 hours of service. Applying the knowledge he has gained as a student, Anthony adds an incredibly rich and thoughtful presence to the diverse ecological restoration tasks at Valley Water Mill Park. From quartering cedar logs for the split-rail fence, hand pulling half an acre of wintercreeper, to helping in our brush pile burns, and collecting and planting native seeds, he has had a presence in all of our current projects. But don’t take our word for it, come out and see for yourself.

Q&A

Why do you volunteer?: “I volunteer with the Watershed Committee because it gives me the opportunity to help a great organization that does such great work for our environment, and to gain valuable experience and knowledge from some of the smartest people in their field.”

Interesting fact about you: “Well, something interesting about me is that I meditate every day. I used to have a really bad anxiety disorder, but practicing meditation has allowed me to overcome my fears and live a happy, anxiety-free life.”

Hobbies: “When I have free time away from school, my hobbies include reading, cooking, going on hikes, and binging on good TV shows.”

Favorite Tree: “My favorite tree is the Wisteria. It’s a flowering tree that’s native to Japan. When they’ve matured and are in bloom, they’re absolutely stunning!”

Things we’ve heard Anthony say: “If you’ve not seen the latest season of ‘Game of Thrones’ I’m not sure if there is anything we can really talk about.”

Caleb Sanders, MO Bird Conservation Initiative Technician