Docent in the Spotlight Summer 2012


A member of the Conservancy for as long as she can remember, Emmy Garnica is well integrated into the Cardiff community where she lives, works, and volunteers. After working for Kaiser Permanente in the Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine for over 30 years, Emmy scaled back her work load to a small private practice for individual and couples therapy located in the same building as the Conservancy offices. Emmy also teaches yoga to seniors at Cardiff Library every Monday and Wednesday at 2 pm.

A graduate of the docent class of 2009, and a birder for over 20 years, it wasn't long before she was leading her own walks. She initially substituted for the weekly Saturday walks at the Nature Center, but soon became a regular walk leader for the 1st and 5th weeks of the month. “I really enjoy the Saturday walks because you never know what to expect or who is going to show keeps it interesting. You have to be prepared to lead a private walk for one person or a mixed-age walk for over 20 participants, as happened last week when a scout group asked to join my walk.”

Emmy traces her interest in nature back to “Neil-O- Bug”, a family friend, gifted teacher and childhood mentor. “Neil and I really hit it off,” recalls Emmy. “My family wasn’t really into camping, so Neil became my link to nature, and we remain friends to this day.”

In addition to volunteering as a docent, Emmy is on the Steering Committee of Friends of San Diego Architecture, which was founded by her mother over 25 years ago and is about to become its own 501c(3). Thank you, Emmy, for contributing so richly to the community in which you live! For those interested in practicing yoga or learning more about local plants and animals, please consider joining Emmy at the library or the Nature Center. 


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