Friday, September 24, 2010
I attended my volunteer orientation for the Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park on Tuesday evening. I am SO excited! (And it's just not because I got a t-shirt and passed a background check. But yeah, really, I did.) I will be volunteering in the entrance area, in the butterfly house, and in the butterfly gardens once or twice a month. During the tour of the outdoor garden, I learned that this particular butterfly garden is a way station for monarch butterflies when they migrate. How totally cool is that?
I can't wait to soak up knowledge from the master gardeners and the master naturalists that I will meet, learn more about butterflies, and to give back to my community in a small way. December 4th they are having a master composting class -- I am so going to go to that! Oh, admit it -- you want to go too. ::::grin:::: Someday I would like to become one of those masters. Since I have done zero research on any of them -- e.g. what education is required, and what their specialities are -- I don't know which one I want to become, but one of them is definintely on my list of life goals. Maybe more than one, who knows?
Here's the link to the gardens: http://texasdiscoverygardens.org/. If you've never been, you should go. It's an amazing place.
Yesterday I went back to the gardens with a friend who is visiting me from Minnesota. I wanted to show her where I would be volunteering; plus I knew she would be just as excited about it as I am. While we were there we zipped through the gift shop, and I finally got that book I've been wanting that has color photos of the life stages of the butterfly so that I can identify caterpillars in my garden at home, and be able to determine what butterfly they become. Yeehaw! Let the games begin.