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Keelin Purcell '07

"It can be very hard to get out of the student mindset. Volunteering at Plantations was a great way to do this while getting more involved in the Ithaca community and having lots of fun. I really remember feeling relieved when I got to interact with people that weren’t my age!"

— Keelin Purcell '07

Susan Jaquette

"Come volunteer if you’re looking for an activity that supports your own interests in nature or teaching, as well as an opportunity to serve. You get more than you give."

— Susan Jaquette

Susan Jaquette

"The volunteer program is spectacular. I loved everything I learned, whether specific to these gardens, or just about botany or growing things in general. I made lots of friends here and it became a thread of my life."

— Susan Jaquette

Barbara & Robert Cotts

"We love gardening and plants and everyone here does too, so it’s a great place to volunteer."

— Barbara & Robert Cotts

Elizabeth Rowley

"Plantations people, both the volunteers and paid staff that I’ve worked with, have been absolutely super. It’s a place I thoroughly enjoy being around."

— Elizabeth Rowley

Elizabeth Rowley

"I’ve been a volunteer here now for 13 years. It’s one way of getting out into the gardens, meeting a lot of great people, and just purely enjoying myself."

— Elizabeth Rowley

Alison Reissman

"As a volunteer, I get to work with a really amazing variety of plants. I learn a lot and get ideas for my own garden."

— Alison Reissman

Burton Huth

"I volunteer here because it’s a way to show my appreciation for the existence of Plantations."

— Burton Huth, Volunteer, Tour Guide

Burton Huth

"As a volunteer tour guide, I have the satisfying knowledge that I am adding to the experience and understanding of the people who come here."

— Burton Huth, Volunteer, Tour Guide

Kevin Moss

"The Plantations staff is incredibly welcoming to volunteers. They’re always willing to help them discover and learn things, and have a meaningful experience. "

— Kevin Moss, Community Outreach Coordinator

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