During the spring, we like to recognize how important volunteers are to the Baldwin County Extension Office. We appreciate each person that volunteers with our office. Volunteers help us reach more families with research- based information. We have volunteer programs that include 4-H Volunteers, Baldwin County Master Gardeners and the Master Environmental Educators. In addition to these three programs, we have volunteers that serve as advisory members, judges for special events, guest speakers, fair volunteers and more.
Many of our 4-H volunteers are leaders of our local 4-H clubs. They are helping youth learn how to conduct a meeting, speak before a group, prepare for a competitive event, give back to their community through service projects and learn life skills. Our 4-H members have been busy with events such as State Archery Competition, State Livestock Show and County Competitive Event and the volunteer leaders have been at each of these events to support and encourage our 4-H’ers.
Baldwin County Master Gardeners have been very busy. You may have met some of our volunteers at Arbor Day events, the plant sale or at the spring gardening workshops. This time of year, Master Gardeners are answering lots of Home Gardening questions at the Master Gardener Helpline (1-877-252-GROW). This is a toll free line that provides answers about home gardens and home grounds for our region.
The Master Environmental Educators have presented information at Earth Day events this month as well as school programs. For this school year, a total of 171 lessons have been taught at 27 schools for approximately 5,200 students. These program topics include aquatic nuisance species, backyard wildlife habitat, energy, groundwater pollution, invasive plants, nonpoint source pollution, recycling, and the water cycle.
A special thank you to all our 2015 volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in any of these program areas, please contact the Baldwin County Extension Office at 251-937-7176 or 928-3002/943-5061, ext. 2222.