BLOG: Hard-Working Students at Jug Bay Kick Off Spring Season
In March, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary hosted its first Spring Break volunteer group. These enthusiastic, hard working students were a breath of fresh air to kick off our spring season and we are so glad they came.
Students from Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia contacted us last fall to see if we were interested in hosting a group of undergraduates for a full week of volunteer work as part of their alternative spring break program.
Why not try it?
We agreed to serve as a host site.
After months of waiting, collaborating on an agenda, and sorting out other logistics, the time finally approached. Our agenda included a variety of projects but their primary objective was to help us research the spring amphibians in our vernal pool habitat.
Nature had other weather plans that week. We go snowed out completely on Monday, and lost another half day on Tuesday. Some last minute changes had to be made to our program due to the surprisingly snowy weather but the upbeat group did not let the weather dissuade their enthusiasm. Thank goodness for flexible volunteers.
We ended up doing more stewardship than research, but all the staff got to work with the students, we got a lot accomplished, and the evaluations from the students were all positive.