Asbury Woods is proud to announce the distinguished recipients of its annual volunteer of the year awards at the annual volunteer brunch on Saturday, September 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods.
Asbury Woods thrives as a result of volunteers who play a vital role in helping us to achieve our goals of conserving the land, connecting people to nature and inspiring environmental stewardship. We were fortunate to have 359 volunteers spend over 10,000 hours of their time caring for the Woods and sustaining our educational programs this past year.
The recipients of Asbury Woods’ annual awards go above and beyond in their efforts to inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship to over 71,000 guests who visit Asbury Woods annually.
“It’s so exciting to be honoring these individuals who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and are helping us connect people of all ages to nature and helping us to ensure the future is a place where respect and appreciation for natural places is a deeply held value. We truly appreciate all of our volunteers and I wish to congratulate the honorees,” says Jennifer Farrar, Asbury Woods Executive Director.
The Volunteer of the Year is awarded to Ludlow (Bud) Brown. Bud is a craftsman and woodworker by hobby and a true asset to Asbury Woods. He became enamored with solitary bees while spending time at the Nature Center and researched and designed a solitary bee house displayed in the butterfly garden on-site. He led a lecture at Honey Harvest about these bees and crafted solitary bee houses to be sold in the Gift Shop. In addition, Bud has spent 273 hours assisting the Facilities and Grounds Director on various projects preparing for festivals, events, and maintaining the trails. Bud is a leader in our volunteer workforce, bringing together the talents of many to help support Asbury Woods.
The Youth Volunteer of the Year is awarded to Katerina Farrell. Katerina has been a volunteer since 2016 and has spent most of her time with the animal care crew, working with and caring for the 27 animals on exhibit inside the Nature Center. She is a creative thinker who always has a unique idea to add to the animal care regime. She assists with festivals and events with enthusiasm. Katerina has volunteered over 132 hours this past year. Katerina's mother, Jodi, was in attendance to accept the award for her daughter, who was out of town at a cross-country meet.
The Group Volunteer of the Year is awarded to the Barber National Institute – Club Erie. A group of three from Club Erie and one staff member visited the Nature Center each week to clean various areas, including the Discovery Room. The group volunteered a total of 119 hours throughout the year and have learned life skills, customer service, and giving back to their community.