by Suzanne Whelan
Let me introduce myself: I am the new Volunteer Coordinator at Marin Municipal Water District. I grew up a city girl in Boston before migrating to the sweet mountains of Colorado, where I was promptly bitten by the nature bug. The itch for travel, higher education, and a path guided by social and environmental justice led me to the Audubon Expedition Institute, where I received a Masters in environmental education. For the past 3 ½ years I worked as the community outreach manager at Friends of the Urban Forest in San Francisco.
MMWD is in a unique position to connect people with the Earth. Your watershed, more than anything else, defines your ecosystem. I am thrilled to be a part of this organization that can provide people with the incredible opportunity to explore their relationship with each other, with the land, and with the water. I look forward to working with as many residents as possible, to nurture local leaders, and to help build community through sense of place.
I invite you to share your thoughts on stewardship, environmental education, and all things related to natural resources. I can be reached at email@example.com or 415-945-1169, or leave a comment below. Better yet, join us for one of these upcoming opportunities!
Project Restore Open House
Wednesday, September 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Help us find solutions to minimize trail impacts, restore environmentally sensitive habitats, and provide a safe network of trails. Join us at Sky Oaks Watershed Headquarters, 49 Sky Oaks Rd., Fairfax. RSVP by Thursday, September 3, to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-945-1128.
Mt. Tamalpais Trail Crew
Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We will be building a new stretch of trail that connects the Lower North Side Trail and Cross Country Boys Trail.
Mt. Tamalpais Habitat Restoration
Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m. to noon
Help us remove invasive vegetation such as French broom, pampas grass, Douglas fir seedlings, pine seedlings and cotoneaster at Pine Point on the northern lakeshore of Bon Tempe.
Teams for both of the September 12 events will meet at the Lagunitas Picnic Area at the end of Sky Oaks Rd., off of Bolinas Road in Fairfax at 9 a.m. For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, please click here.