Docent in the Spotlight: Summer 2013


If you happen to be at the Nature Center or Rios Avenue trail on a Thursday morning, you are likely to see Beverly Moazed engaging students. Her guided walks focus on the fascinating world of plant and animal adaptations, who is eating whom in the lagoon, and the importance of protecting our wetlands.

Having made Thursdays her volunteer day, Beverly spends her mornings at the lagoon and her afternoons at Red Cross helping coordinate a disaster work force program. Beverly recently retired as a middle school science teacher, making her supremely qualified as a conservancy docent.

“Even though I’m retired, I still substitute teach a couple times per week,” noted Beverly. “I think it’s important to keep in touch with the younger generation because they provide a window into our future.”

A graduate of the 2011 docent class, it didn’t take Beverly long to hit the trails, given her comfort with children and her knowledge of nature through her hobby as a birder. “Volunteering as a docent has worked out very well for me,” said Beverly. “It’s rewarding to see the kids get excited about nature, and even if the response isn’t immediate with some of the students, I still think we are helping to plant a seed that may blossom in the future.”

In her free time, Beverly enjoys traveling to national parks and indulges in her crafty pursuits of quilting, knitting, and creating gifts for family members. The conservancy is fortunate and thankful to have such a reliable docent, like Beverly, sharing her love of teaching and nature with young visitors to the reserve.