Mercer’s diverse group of volunteers bloom when planted in the right place with the attention they need to grow and thrive. For years, Mercer has welcomed a different species of volunteer, botanically known as “studentaei internus,” but more commonly known as the student intern or student volunteer.
Mercer’s diverse group of volunteers bloom when planted in the right place with the attention they need to grow and thrive. For years, Mercer has welcomed a different species of volunteer, botanically known as “studentaei internus,” but more commonly known as the student intern or student volunteer. Kayla House is a senior at Quest Early College High School who volunteered 40 hours at Mercer this spring.
She learned some of the basics about botanic gardens, volunteer programs, and nonprofit organizations. Kayla spent her Fridays learning how to input volunteer and donor information into Mercer’s databases; how to collect, clean, and package seeds; how to properly plant various types of garden specimens, and much more. She even contributed an article to this issue of The Leaflet. Kayla’s connection to Mercer goes back to her elementary school years.
“I remember coming here with my third grade class. To me, it was one of the most beautiful things that I’d ever seen.” Fast-forward eight years to find Kayla volunteering with fellow high school students at Mercer for a day of community service. “It was then I decided to pursue a Mercer internship. They offer more hands-on opportunities to get outdoors!” With a goal of becoming a medical missionary surgeon, Kayla knew on her first day that Mercer was the perfect fit for her personality and interests. “I took a garden tour and learned more about indigenous plants in my first few hours than I learned during my freshman year biology class! Combined with my love for people, Mercer has been an ideal fit. I bloomed where I was planted!”
Keeping up with nearly 300 Mercer volunteers can be difficult for even the most meticulous person. For Mercer volunteer and retired librarian Anne Strommer, it’s second nature. As a librarian, Strommer organized hundreds of thousands of books over her career before becoming a Mercer volunteer 20 years ago.
Volunteering never gets old at Mercer Botanic Gardens. Whether leading tours or working with rare and endangered plant species, Mercer volunteers are passionate about their projects. Many have been coming to Mercer for decades and take on new roles as their needs and interests change.
Spirits were high during Klein Collins' annual Job Shadowing Day at Precinct 4 facilities!
Students attended presentations and toured Precinct 4's Road & Bridge Department, Parks Department, Central Office, and Big Stone Lodge community center. Many students were surprised to discover that Precinct 4 offers a variety of career opportunities in creative, technical, and scientific fields.
Gudrun Opperman remembers the excitement of sharing new native plants with the public at March Mart.
Student volunteers are engaging in green projects at the Mercer Botanical Center, Mercer’s research facility. These botany projects are a partnership with the Lone Star College (LSC) – Kingwood Honors Biology program. Students in the program work on botany projects at Mercer as part of their coursework under the guidance of Professor Elizabeth (Betsy) Morgan.
Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites all senior adults 50 years of age and better to
volunteer at Star of Hope Mission Thursday, March 9 at 8:15 a.m.
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