Volunteer Highlight: Bobby Deggendorf
“People need personal connections to the natural world if they are going to work to protect it.”
Lives in: Jacksonport
Profession: Teacher, Sunset Elementary School, Sturgeon Bay
Number of years in Door County: 13
Started volunteering: About 10 years ago at Crossroads at Big Creek
Areas of interest: Trees, streams and lakes, exploring new areas, camping and photography
Volunteer accomplishments: I was part of a team that started an after-school club that focused on outdoor exploration and play. The club is still meeting at Crossroads.
Why he began volunteering, and why he continues: Volunteering is my way of helping people connect to the natural world. I continue because people need personal connections to the natural world if they are going to work to protect it.
What he’s gained from volunteering: I suppose warm, fuzzy feelings and a ton of fun. I really look forward to my time outside.
Favorite volunteering moment: We were seine-netting suckers in Big Creek a few years ago. The water was really flowing, and the kids got soaked working the net. Some of the kids had never even touched a fish before. I got some great pictures of them holding the suckers with giant smiles on their faces.