Karen Cottrell of Missouri and Timothy Kane of Washington, DC have joined us this summer to provide visitor services, including daily nature walks. With a wealth of experience, Karen and Timothy have jumped in and started doing everything that needs to be done to make our visitors' experiences terrific. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. A note of thanks to them will go along way. Welcome Karen and Timothy. We hope you love it here as much as the rest of us do. THANK YOU! Read More
Planted pots and gardens are looking better day to day, thanks to the volunteer efforts of Ginny Smith. Ginny, a former resident volunteer, has returned to spend a few weeks helping us make the areas around the building more beautiful this summer. With her green thumbs and love of gardening, we're fortunate to have her here with us. Thank you Ginny! Read More
The Rotary Club of Eagle River Area has been helping the Nature Center with Spring Clean-Up of the gardens and areas around the building for over 15 years. It's become a tradition for Tonya and Brad Gamble to head up the troops from the Rotary to enjoy a May evening of weed pulling, raking, and planting. Thank you to this year's volunteers for coming out to help us clean up before our Music in the Mountains fundraiser (left to right): Rotary President Tim Mclain, Jake, Michelle, Brad, Robert, Zach and Tonya. We also thank the Rotary for their generous donation of $500 to help us buy annuals for the pots to brighten the area for our summer visitors. Read More
Key Bank Volunteers once again chose to support the Nature Center by helping us paint, clean and fill holes with gravel. We can't thank them enough and they certainly MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE! Read More
Our fabulous volunteer trail crew moved our old naturalist shed to provide additional parking spots for our volunteers. It was quite an endeavor to get it jacked up in one piece and onto a trailer for transportation down to our trail maintenance area. Thank you to the following individuals for their hard work: Marc Derosier, Elaine Pfeiffer, Hank Jamieson, Tom Iverson, Paul Daggett, Joe Hackenmueller, Sean Lowther (new 2019 summer trail manager), and Gus Gustafson (winter trail manager). Read More
Volunteer and birder, Andrew Fisher, put up 20 owl boxes for the 2019 nesting season, around the Nature Center's trails. He fixed a few of the old ones that a former Eagle Scout made and replaced others that were beyond repair. One of the old boxes is currently occupied by a flying squirrel, so it may not be available for owls this coming season. Many thanks to Andrew and his volunteer friends for completing this great project for the Nature Center. Volunteers like Andrew are what makes the ERNC so special. We can't thank you enough. Let's hope we spot some owls nesting in one or more of the boxes. What a hoot that would be! Read More
Friends of Eagle River Nature Center welcome two new board members in 2019: Heather Bottrell and Sonia Henrick. Welcome and thank you for serving on the FERNC all volunteer board of directors. We bid adieu to two board members that moved from the area in 2018 - Dana Glessner and Andy Bickford. Thank you for serving on the Board for many years and for all your work on behalf of the Nature Center.
Gail Sommerville and Paul Dagget (not pictured) received the Nature Center's Volunteer of the Year award in December 2018. Gail "Texas" Raymond (right in photo) received the Board Volunteer of the Year.