volunteer spotlight

The Sauvie Island Center could not function without the dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm of our volunteers! Each season, we choose a few outstanding volunteers to honor here. Thanks Scott Strecker and Lydia Eyre for all that you do.

Scott Strecker

scott-volunteer-spotlightScott first visited the Sauvie Island Center as a parent chaperone on a field trip with his daughter. He said, “By the end of the day I was in love with the place, the mission, and the people that make SIC work.” Scott has volunteered with SIC since spring 2014. Scott brings so much creativity and enthusiasm to his teaching, and is always thinking of new ways to help students connect with nature and get excited about learning. When not volunteering at SIC, Scott is a stay-at-home dad with three kids, and enjoys working on his house, cycling, and hiking.


Share one thing you’ve learned from teaching at SIC:

“Teaching at SIC has certainly taught me something about classroom management and how to work with kids more effectively.  The students appreciate it when you attempt to connect with them individually, usually simple things like remembering their name or asking them about their lives or interests.  I think they also enjoy learning through discovery.  Touching a worm or tasting a new vegetable engages both students and teachers in a more complete way that a lecture or slide show can’t.”

What is your favorite thing about volunteering at SIC?

“Working with the staff and volunteers there has been a highlight as has hearing some of the fresh and unfiltered impressions the students share about things I had considered mundane.  I can’t leave out the bird life: the hawks and eagles, herons and turkey vultures, but especially the swallows and the sandhill cranes. Spending time in such a beautiful place while doing something meaningful beats the most expensive therapy out there!”

 Lydia Eyre

lydia-volunteer-spotlightLydia first volunteered the Sauvie Island Center through a PSU Capstone service learning class in fall 2015. After the term finished, she continued volunteering and has become one of our most dependable and hard-working volunteers. Lydia can always be called upon to help staff a field trip, and often arrives early and stays late to make sure she and everyone else has a successful day. When not volunteering, Lydia is going to school full-time to become an early childhood educator.

Share one thing you’ve learned from teaching at SIC:

“One thing that I have learned from Sauvie Island Center is that there are so many different ways to teach and get the kids engaged in learning. If you ask for volunteers and give every student hands-on learning, they will be able to remember what you taught them and how everything links together.”

What is your favorite thing about volunteering at SIC?

“One of my favorite things from volunteering would be seeing the light bulbs go off in the kids’ head when they realize that everything is connected from the soil through the seed to us, and that how we treat the land affects how the plants grow.”


Are you interested in volunteering with the Sauvie Island Center? Click here for more information about volunteering. Or here to learn about about our internship program.

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