I wanted to share this write-up about Sam's volunteering at Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary next door. Since the page is dynamic, I'll include it below for posterity:
Sam Engle came to the Richardson Bay Audubon Center to fulfill his community service requirements for his freshman year at Redwood High School in the Spring of 2012. His community service hours were quickly finished, but 10 hours just wasn’t enough for Sam. He has been coming back to the Audubon Center on a regular basis, always looking for the next restoration project and any excuse to get his hands dirty.
Sam is a true lover of nature and the great outdoors. He enjoys whatever task we are doing and for Sam, bigger is better. Sam has helped immensely with almost every project at the Audubon Center this year, whether he is carefully transplanting native plant seedlings or digging and moving dirt while creating our new propagation beds. Sam’s dedication to volunteering at the Center has not gone unrecognized, as he has joined a group of only a handful of people to volunteer on Aramburu Island. While he has helped with almost every project at the Audubon Center, it’s his attitude and outlook that is really extraordinary.
Sam’s energy and passion for working at the Audubon Center is truly contagious. He brings a cheerful and positive disposition to the Center and it’s truly a highlight of our week when Sam comes to volunteer. If all of Sam’s generation had his upbeat attitude and enthusiasm for nature, I believe that the future of this world is going to look a lot brighter.
We are very proud of Sam and agree with all the sentiment expressed in this spotlight. We are also quite lucky to live next door to an Audubon Center. Sam has been enjoying his plants these past months. He loves his bamboo, green onions and the newly-sprouting, hydroponically growing catnip. He is taking two science classes this year (because he is taking physiology as an elective.) These classes will allow him to really dive deep into life sciences. For instance, last week he pet the rat he will soon dissect.