Volunteer Highlight: Steve Buckles

Steve BucklesHere at the CVABG, we are so lucky to have dedicated volunteers who work hard to help the Arboretum grow and change. To celebrate their efforts we’re highlighting the volunteers who help pull weeds, provide a friendly smile, and who do everything in-between! This month’s volunteer is Steve Buckles.

In 1992 Steve took horticulture training in California and became a certified nursery worker. For 15 years he worked with tropical plants in California and Texas. When Steve moved to Waterloo he started volunteering at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in 2000 to continue learning about outdoor landscaping and plants.

Steve likes to donate his time and talents as a volunteer in the welcome center and as a Board member. When not working at the Arb, Steve is spending time with others as an in-home visitor at Cedar Valley Hospice and at the Hospice Home.

Steve loves volunteering at the Arboretum because he’s gotten to see the growth of the Arb first hand. He loves meeting new people and learning from them and making friends in the process. Steve would really like to see more volunteers at the Arboretum because he knows how much of a difference can make in the lives of others. He suggests working in the Welcome Center as a greeter. It’s a great job for those who want to help but may not be able to provide physical assistance. Steve’s favorite part about being a Welcome Center greeter is being able to listen to the bubbling of the waterfall in our Hillside Garden.

If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering, visit our website at http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/volunteer/ or send an email to office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org

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