Volunteer Spotlight, Dr. Walter Mahler

Volunteer Walt Mahler stands near the beach walkover with his recently earned 1,000 hours certificate and pin.

Walter Mahler

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Volunteering at a state park is refreshing for Dr. Walter Mahler, a retired school superintendent who says he has spent too much of his life indoors at meetings. He says that volunteering at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area provides outdoor exercise while assisting an outstanding staff (who are supportive and appreciative of all the volunteers) as they work to make the park one of the best in Florida.

Walt has helped with basic park maintenance and, more recently, assisted with park programs such as nature/beach walks, full moon programs, living shoreline oyster shell collection and guided kayak tours. He involved himself with these activities after completing a basic interpretive training program with state park rangers.

Presently he is mapping out a newly renovated marsh area to provide park visitors with a self-guided informative kayak tour. Having recently received his 1,000-hour volunteer pin, Walt looks forward to earning many more.

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