“Although I have worked as a volunteer for other organizations in the San Diego area, this has been by far my favorite,” said Nancy Samp, an Interpretive Center Docent for the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Since the spring of 2012, she has dedicated eight years of service to helping improve the Center and our out-door education programs. As a Master Gardener with the California Native Plant Society, she also led the creation of the Center’s native pollinator garden. Her knack for photography has helped us to promote volunteer opportunities, and it earned her the winning prize in the annual Elfin Forest photo contest.
What drew her to volunteer with us was the “authenticity of the landscape… and the peacefulness and serenity it provides.” As a volunteer, Nancy has en-joyed getting to know other docents, attending various volunteer field trips, and going to the seasonal Docent BBQ’s. She has also enjoyed working under the direction of the knowledgeable and friendly rangers and environmental educators. But without family nearby, she is especially grateful to have met her “adopted grand-daughter,” Christina—a former Conservancy volunteer.
As Nancy plans to move to Idaho this fall, we will surely miss her dedication and strong desire to see the Interpretive Center flourish. We can’t thank her enough!