2011 Docent of the Year

Barbara (center) with her family at Birds of a Feather Gala 2011 (Photo: J. Free)


San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is pleased to recognize Barbara Wallach as 2011 Docent of the Year.

Barbara is a teacher, artist, photographer, naturalist, gardener, athlete, and docent extraordinaire. Whether it's sharing her vast natural history knowledge (insects are her favorite), providing tips on managing energetic kids, or inventing creative nature crafts, her talents enrich our education program.

"I've always enjoyed volunteering, especially work that involves kids," explains Barbara. She grew up on a farm in Missouri, with nature at her doorstep. Barbara ran the children's program at Torrey Pines Natural Reserve for more than a decade.

A lifelong learner, she completed the Conservancy's docent training to learn about wetlands. "Once I finished the training and met the wonderful people in the program, I was hooked," she said. 

Since 2008, she has served as mentor and trainer to all the docents; shadowing her on a nature walk is a prerequisite for new trainees.

Barbara is a role model and an inspiration.




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