Last summer, my son and several of his friends took a hunter education class and skills session. I was amazed by the passion and interest of the class volunteer instructors. They’ve probably taught this class a hundred times, but they were still excited about teaching new hunters. I see the same excitement in conservation volunteers at Department nature centers and staffed shooting ranges or when I see a picture of a Stream Team cleaning up a small creek. Department volunteers love what they do.
Volunteering can be a great experience. It fosters community support, helps save precious resources, makes a difference, and much more. It also gives volunteers an opportunity to learn more about themselves, stay active in the community, and develop new friendships.
Volunteers are an important part of the work the Department does each year. They provide essential training to future hunters, anglers, and birdwatchers; offer a smiling face or helpful hand at a nature center or shooting range; and help complete habitat work or bird monitoring on conservation areas. Looking back over the past year, the accomplishments of conservation volunteers cannot be overlooked in helping advance conservation. A few examples include:
A sincere thank you to our conservation volunteers who make a difference by helping advance conservation in Missouri.
I encourage each of you to consider becoming a conservation volunteer. To find an opportunity that matches your interests, skills, and schedule, visit on.mo.gov/1JpHkOA to learn more.
Aaron Jeffries, deputy director
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