Volunteer Voices: Familiar Feathers, or 4 Bird Species You Didn’t Know You Knew

Spring has arrived in Portland, when new blooms seem to be appearing daily. Not to be left behind, winged creatures have been quick to follow. Leaving a window propped open while typing the day away in productive bliss may reward the patient with cheery chirps, trills, and melodic whistles — a comfortable springtime soundtrack to … Read more Volunteer Voices: Familiar Feathers, or 4 Bird Species You Didn’t Know You Knew

Volunteer Voices: A Journey Begins at Hoyt Arboretum

In the winter of 2014, I took early retirement after spending a good chunk of my adult life pouring all of my energy into my career until finally deciding I was done. Shortly thereafter, I replaced a failing hip which had been chronically complaining for several years prior, and I felt a page turning in … Read more Volunteer Voices: A Journey Begins at Hoyt Arboretum

Volunteer Voices: 3 Fragrant Blooms to Stop and Sniff this Spring

Springtime has arrived in Portland, when a quick jaunt around your neighborhood will acquaint you with a variety of flora and fauna eager to soak up the intermittent sunshine. If you are like me, you have discovered a new found freedom in these little walks around the block. Whether they are a daily ritual or … Read more Volunteer Voices: 3 Fragrant Blooms to Stop and Sniff this Spring

Volunteer Voices: Beauty of Concrete

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day was scheduled to take place on April 22, 2020. While we were unable to celebrate in person this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hoyt Arboretum’s volunteers found unique ways to celebrate while staying home, like volunteer Tour Guide Clara-Julia Peru: Since I have been laid off, and … Read more Volunteer Voices: Beauty of Concrete

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