Archive for May 5th, 2011

Parks and Wildlife Volunteers

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

April was National Volunteer Month; it was an occasion to recognize those who donate their time for the betterment of, well, everything—including Texas Parks and Wildlife.

12—Some of the programs at Texas Parks and Wildlife wouldn’t exist without volunteers. In fact, in 2010, the benefit of volunteers to Texas Parks and Wildlife was estimated at a value of almost $17 million dollars.

At the time we spoke, Ernie Gammage was Education and Outreach director for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He has since retired.

33—Because the opportunities are so varied, people can find something that is rewarding regardless of what it is, whether it’s a one day event helping to teach a kid how to fish, or the angler education program where you sign on as a volunteer for as long as you’re willing to do it, and may teach hundreds of people how to fish. Or, maybe it’s a program that last something months like a Nature Tracker program—counting horny toads or something. Or, perhaps it’s a commitment to be a hunter education volunteer, or a Master Naturalist that is a lifelong commitment—can be. So there’s something for everybody.

To find volunteer opportunities, go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website, and at the top, you’ll see a link that says “get involved.” Click that, and you’re on your way.

That’s our show for today…for Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.