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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cheers to Washington Wild's Volunteers!

In 2011, 70 volunteers contributed 1,738 hours of their time to Washington Wild! That is a HUGE contribution that deserves all of the gratitude and thanks this organization can muster.

Last Friday, February 3rd, Washington Wild hosted a volunteer appreciation party to celebrate the generosity and talents of our volunteers. About 30 volunteers attended the party at the Present Sense gallery in Fremont/Wallingford. We admired the nature photography on display by photographer Joey Pauley, enjoyed platefuls of delicious snacks (including beautiful fruits and vegetables from Socio’s in Pike Place Market), and sipped a great variety of beverages (courtesy of our bartender-for-the-night, Washington Wild’s Membership and Development Director, Kim Adank).

Ten lucky guests went home with door prizes, including several different books, reusable coffee mugs, and tickets to the Experience Music Project. Washington Wild left with a prize as well – our guests each decorated a rock (or several) to construct a glitzy little cairn (official definition: Cairn (n): a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.) to commemorate the occasion. It now stands, gloriously colorful and shiny, in our office window. Who doesn’t love a super-personalized souvenir?

If you attended the volunteer party and have any comments or feedback, please direct them to

Volunteer-related plans for 2012 include: trainings in May and June for anyone interested in any of the field-based opportunities, tabling, or learning more about Washington Wild; an abundance of summer outreach events; and more wild Newletter-Folding Parties! Tune in to the Volunteer and the Events sections of the Washington Wild website to learn more.

Thank You Volunteers!

Christine Scheele is Washington Wild's volunteer coordinator. When she is not wrangling volunteers, you can find her chasing her dogs up mountainsides. Interested in volunteering? Contact Christine at

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