For many, the calling to conservation has been sparked by a sense of the joy and wonder about the world that was ignited in their childhood. For others, the calling is about leaving a better world for the next generation.
Whatever the motivation, our world needs stories like these more than ever.
The profiles and Q&As in this section represent The Nature Conservancy volunteers who make our work possible in Pennsylvania. We hope you’ll be inspired by these stories.
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Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve
“Stu was a founding member of our Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve. He was a scientist and a teacher and a nature lover all in one. We will miss him so much.”
Pocono Lake, Monroe County
"The opportunity to volunteer with The Nature Conservancy allows me to enjoy nature and to associate with people with similar interests while doing something positive for the environment."
Nottingham, Chester County
"Every spring and summer I see meadows here on the Serpentine Barrens that come alive with flowers and grasses, some of which are unique to this area. Since I helped create these meadows, I feel grateful that I have made a contribution."
Lemoyne, Cumberland County
"Once natural areas are gone, there is no turning back. Animals, plants, and organisms lose their habitat, humans lose their connection with nature, and the ecosystem loses vital links."
Narberth, Montgomery County
"My grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts all instilled in me a deep appreciation for nature, caring for the land, protecting natural resources."
Olyphant, Lackawanna County
"Take a hike or a bike ride and see what the wilderness has to offer."