Chances are if you visit the Grange Insurance Audubon Center on a Tuesday afternoon you will see volunteer Mary Marsh greeting you with a warm smile from the front desk. Mary came to us last summer to inquire about volunteer opportunities and began volunteering shortly after her retirement as a hospital speech pathologist last fall. Mary also worked in program management and development in local rehab centers and nursing homes. While she enjoyed a wonderful career in health care, she always felt her heart was in nature. She loves hiking, camping, and creatures so much that maybe she should have been a forest ranger!
When she retired, she wanted to volunteer in a place that put her close to nature. Mary feels it’s important to preserve and defend natural areas, and she wanted to put herself in a place where she could help in any way to bring people more in touch with nature. When she found the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, she loved the location, the building, and birding, so it was a natural choice – it’s also about 5 minutes from her home! Her favorite memories as a volunteer at the center so far consist of the laughter of the children when they’re in the play room or watching the turtles. She is hopeful these experiences will make children want to see and explore more.
When Mary isn’t volunteering at the center, her truest love is training her dog for showing. She teaches puppy and beginners classes at her dog training club. She likes to paint and says that while it doesn’t make you good, having a mother who was an art teacher does make you willing! We’re sure her work is beautiful! Mary also enjoys gardening and working around her home. She loves spending time with her wonderful group of friends and beautiful granddaughter. Mary, we thank you for spending some time with us each week. Thank you for putting your passion for nature into action by volunteering at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center!