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Ohio Volunteers Are Making a Real Difference

Ohio Earth Team Volunteers are making a real difference every day.  The following stories outline just a few of our volunteers.  Are you ready to join the Earth Team?

Lily on Lily Fest grounds

Volunteers Key to Lily Fest Success - This summer marked the 25th anniversary of Lily Fest, an event held in Hocking County which attracts 4,000 to 5,000 visitors as well as about 300 volunteers per year.  Earth Team volunteers have become an integral part of Lily Fest’s success both during and in preparation for the event.  “This is a truly unique event that showcases the marriage between art and education,” notes Dave Libben, NRCS District Conservationist for Fairfield County.

Foreign Earth Team volunteer Mark Khasyanov

An Earth Team Astronaut on Spaceship Earth - Ohio is a happening place, but signing up a foreigner for the Earth Team Program doesn’t happen every day. While visiting an Ohio livestock farm, Ukrainian Mark Khasyanov signed up to be an Earth Team volunteer to see farming and conservation throughout the county.

Preschooler learns about healthy soil

Utilizing Volunteers to Plant People's Garden on Earth Day - Engaging a group of preschoolers during a lesson on conservation is no small feat. But, organizers and participants of this year’s Earth Day People’s Garden Planting event knew just the trick to catch the students’ attention. They enlisted the help of “Pete” the potato.

Volunteer Walkabout Experience

Earth Team Volunteers’ Walkabout Experience - As an avid bee enthusiast, Graham School senior Chris Cree likes the natural sciences, like biology and industries rooted in nature, and like agriculture. A family friend knew about NRCS and contacted the State Earth Team Coordinator. Soon after, Chris became a Earth Team student volunteer.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and ET volunteer Alex Snyder

Volunteering Through the Camera’s Lens - Graduate student Alex Snyder is an Ohio Earth Team volunteer who finds inspiration through the lens of his camera. While completing his graduate degree at Ohio University's Office of Sustainability, Alex found time to volunteer his photographic talents by capturing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s visits to Ohio.

Mallory McDevitt at her garden

Earth Team Volunteer brings home the FFA National Proficiency Award in Vegetable Production - Mallory McDevitt of Wapakoneta, Ohio, is a real go-getter. This 18-year old high school senior has been an Earth Team Volunteer since she was 14, the youngest age allowable for Earth Team Volunteers. She also serves as the Wapakoneta FFA Chapter Vice President.


Volunteers Across the Country

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