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Sunday, August 11, 2013

TLC's Unsung Hero's of the Summer

As the start of school is right around the corner, I wanted to give a shout out to our unsung hero's of the summer.  As a small non for profit organization, we could not be nearly as effective as we are without the help of volunteers--from an all volunteer board to the many extra hands that help us in the office and out in the field.

Before the end of summer, I wanted to highlight some of the various volunteers who helped us during their summer break.  The first group are the TLC Trail Blazers.  This group of interns ( a mix of high school, college, and graduate students--as well as some recent graduates who just volunteer their time to help out) meet every Tuesday and Thursday at Stateline Woods Preserve at 8am.   The group helps with land management tasks on TLC's nature preserves.  The projects are varied and range from invasive plant management to trail building to everything in between.    These interns may have some of the fun jobs, but they are also getting wet in the sporadic downpours that we have had all summer--and working really hard in the heat.  They have definitely put in their sweat equity throughout the summer months.   We hope that they have learned something along the way--though I think some of them might tune me out when I get distracted over birds, butterflies, and plants...

My hope is that each of them can positively identify at least one invasive and one native plant (and hopefully remember the common and Latin names...

If you are interested in volunteering with TLC--please contact our offices to learn about our year-round volunteer options at 610-347-0347 ext. 101 or

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