This past weekend we volunteered with staff from the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory to help cleanup the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve in preparation for the greatest annual fall migration of raptors in the U.S.
Daley and Tim worked together to cut the invasive brush while Finley and I dragged the sumac, buckthorn, and honeysuckle down the hill to a brush pile.
Volunteering outside as a family allows us to enjoy quality time together while making a difference to local organizations (see my other post, “Rhubarb and Compassion: How to Grow Kindness Outside“).
Moreover, it gives our kids an opportunity to build their self-confidence. During our cleanup work, Finley proudly dragged “huge” branches down the path while Daley felt accomplished operating the clippers on his own.
Lastly, working alongside the educational director and other staff members gave us a chance to learn more about the birds that will soon fly in the hundreds of thousands over the ridge.
We left happy to have made an impact, calmed by the spectacular view of the lake, energized by the physical activity, and delighted by the knowledge we gained.
What outdoor volunteer opportunities does your family participate? Share your experiences in the comments box below. Thanks!