Valerie & Michael Sarratt – both earning 20+ &100+ volunteer hours. Class of Spring, 2013
Wenatchee Naturalists, Valerie and Michael Sarratt, honored by Okanogan Conservation District for the conservation practices, post-wildfire. Both have earned their Wenatchee Naturalist pins for volunteering 100+hours in support of conservation.
- As Benson Creek home-owners directly impacted by the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire and subsequent flash flood, worked in partnership with the Okanogan Conservation District to restore the riparian creek corridor.
- Awarded the 2015 Cutting Edge Cooperator for outstanding vision and implementation of innovative conservation practices
Mara Bohman- 20+ volunteer hours Class of Fall, 2013
Mara Bohman has earned her Wenatchee Naturalist pin for volunteering 20+hours in support of conservation.
- volunteer teacher for Wenatchee River Institute field days with elementary school students
- Researcher and writer for a blog about Columbia River natural and cultural history
Bill Deuters- 20+& 100+ volunteer hours Class of Fall, 2014
Bill Deuters has earned his Wenatchee Naturalist pin for volunteering 20+& 100+ hours in support of conservation, serving Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and the Washington Native Plant Society:
- researched, designed, and built 5 knapweed weeding spades, with 10 more under production in winter, 2016-17, to be donated to CDLT and WNPS in spring, 2017.
- Volunteer for trail improvement and stewardship projects for CDLT in the Wenatchee Foothills.
- Volunteer for the Conservation Committee, North Central WA Audubson Society’s field site review for the Upper Wenatchee Community Lands Project.
Hanne Benner- 20+& 100+ volunteer hours Class of Fall, 2013
- In addition to her “day” job as Trails Coordinator for Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Hanne volunteer evening and weekend hours as part of the trail crew building the 2-mile Glacier View Trail on Horse Lake Reserve. Hanne’s daughter, Marlo, was along for the ride!
Leesa Broker – 20+ volunteer hours. Class of Fall 2014
Lessa Broker volunteered doing both conservation education and stewardship for three local conservation organizations:
- Leesa earned her Wenatchee Naturalist pin for volunteering 20+hours in support of conservation.
- Helped with a wetlands restoration planting project on MEND property in Leavenworth, as a Washington Native Plant Society volunteer project
- Volunteered for Leavenworth Bird Fest
- Volunteered as a Kids-in-the-Creek field teacher for Cascadia Conservation District.
Amy Massey 20+ & 100+ volunteer hours (Class of Fall 2012):
- Wenatchee River Institute teaching volunteer for Field Days with local elementary students.
- Initiated a native plant restoration project at Wenatchee River Institute (WRI), recruited volunteers, held a series of work parties, and raised donations to transform an overgrown blackberry bramble into a native plant Garden of Gratitute to honor WRI’s founding director, Jeff Parsons.
Barbee Teasley- 20+ & 100+ volunteer hours Class of Fall 2012:
- Organized, solicited donations, and implemented the 2013 & 2014 Leavenworth Earth Day Fair silent auction, which serves as a fund-raiser to support Wenatchee River Institute’s community project.
Lori Aylesworth 20+ volunteer hours Class of Spring 2012
- Using Xerces Society materials, researched the natural distribution of Monarch butterflies and their native host milkweed plant in WA. Wrote an article to encourage residents to plant milkweed as a way to support monarch butterfly populations. Grew, harvested, and shared seeds with neighbors so others could cultivate milkweed.
Matt Honor – Class of Spring 2013
- Columbia River Natural & Cultural History Awareness
- Matt took the Wenatchee Naturalist course to further his knowledge base in preparation to stand-up paddleboard the Columbia River, from the source to the mouth, in the summer of 2013. In his year of preparation, Matt did all his research, logistics planning, and supply preparation.