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Annual Nature Calendar is Dedication to Volunteers

Published on Jan 19, 2021

If you've visited one of Polk's Environmental Lands Program properties without the insight of one of its volunteers, you’re missing out.

They know the ins and outs of what's going on out there. They see and hear things no one else does. And their varied backgrounds provide them with a host of knowledge they want to share.

This year's annual calendar for the Environmental Lands Program is dedicated to them and all they do. The calendars, if you don't already have one, can be picked up at the Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve, or at the reception desk in the Communications Division in the Polk County Administration Building in Bartow.

As you make your way through the calendar, which was shot by volunteers Jeff and Lynette Spence, you will see a variety of nature habitats around the county that the program manages. Flip through it. Hang it on your wall at home or in your office. Get outdoors and experience these for yourself.

Polk's volunteers form the backbone of our operation among the different sites managed in the program. They host classes, information sessions, tram tours and hikes. They assist with summer camps, maintenance of our facilities and provide assistance in hosting school groups.

Since 2008, the program has had more than 650 volunteers donate more than 91,000 hours of their time, which amounts to about a $2 million benefit to the county.

So when planning your next outing, check out what they might have to offer. You might get an unexpected education.