FALL 2010 DOCENT OF THE QUARTER


Kimberly Wesbey guides her class to watch for birds during a field trip. (Photo: J. Free)

KIMBERLY WESBEY

In August 2008, an announcement in a local newspaper for Docent Training caught Kimberly Wesbey’s attention. The description brought back fond childhood memories of camping and hiking with her sister and dad. Just a few weeks earlier, Kimberly had lost her sister to cancer—she was only 48 years old. “From an early age, my father was able to instill in us the importance of respecting nature and caring for the land...he was very good about cultivating that, and it is something my sister and I had carried with us throughout our lives,” said Kimberly.

A self proclaimed shy person, Kimberly wasn’t completely confident that becoming a docent would be a good match for her, but she was willing to give it a try. Not only did it turn out to be a good fit with her interests, it also served as an important component in her overall healing process.

In the two years since Kimberly became a docent, she has contributed significantly to the program. She leads walks almost weekly, serves on the Education Committee, and is always willing to share a laugh. “I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and I love watching their faces light up when they are discovering something for the first time,” added Kimberly. And indeed there is evidence that Kimberly is making an impression on the kids who visit the lagoon. When fourth graders returned to the lagoon this year after visiting as third graders last year, they not only recognized Kimberly, they knew her name and were eager to share with her all that they learned the previous year. “I really found that rewarding,” noted Kimberly, “and was surprised by all the things they remembered.”

Volunteering has always been a big part of her life. She has been active in the March of Dimes, Special Olympics, and at her church. We are fortunate that she has added volunteering at the lagoon to her list. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys hiking or going to the beach with her family, reading, and hanging out with other docents. Thank you, Kimberly, for sharing your love of nature with hundreds of school children. Your commitment to the program is much appreciated!

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  Black-necked Stilts (Photo: C. Mayne)