Volunteer Spotlight, Judy Sulser
With majors in botany and ecology, experience as a science teacher, and a career as a park naturalist with Broward County Parks & Recreation Division, I knew exactly what I was going to do upon retiring to Palm Coast in 2002. I joined the Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park! As a volunteer I assisted with plant sales, special events, citrus harvesting and cleanups.
For the past five years I have been the team leader of twenty volunteers at the park’s plant bench “campus” where we “manage” the greenhouse, shade bench and fenced yard for the purpose of propagating plants and purchasing wholesale plants for resale as a park fundraiser. I organize plant bench workdays on every Tuesday and Thursday to maintain our plant inventory and to prepare for plant sales on the second Saturday of each month. Our goals are to enhance the experience of park visitors, to foster a harmonious team and to help fund park improvement projects. Being a people person is my best trait.
My volunteer experience at Washington Oaks Garden State Park has been everything I had hoped it would be - enjoyable, meaningful and rewarding. The appreciation and support the plant bench volunteers receive from park staff deepens our commitment to the Florida Park Service mission.