every tuesday night i volunteer at the elks nature center in rasmussen woods in mankato. back when lily was in preschool the center was staffed full time and ran all different sorts of educational programs (we were very fond of "nature power preschool hour.") but due to city budget cutbacks the staff was let go and the center was closed.
in the past 9 months there has been a grassroots initiative to get the center back open and staffed by volunteers. i scored a sweet deal where my girls scout troop can meet in the center if i volunteer. as the troop doesn't meet in the summer, i've been finding my past few months at the center to be a quiet, calming, enjoyable way to spend an evening.
outside the center it looks like this:
the inside looks like this:
isn't it fabulous?!? it's such a fun place! we even have a cougar!
my personal favorite is the moose head!
my job is mainly to sit at the desk, be nice to the people, answer any questions, and make sure the birds have seed to eat. it's not very taxing. i get to put on music, get out my knitting, and wait for anyone to show up.
music + yarn (because renaissance choral polyphony and game show hostess endorsed acrylic yarn go together like peas and carrots.)
it's a pretty sweet gig, and as much as i love my girl scouts they're seriously going to cut into my knitting time once meetings start up again!