Volunteer Vibes

Volunteers play many crucial roles at the Preserve. They maintain trails, welcome visitors, conduct research, educate youth groups, support special events, beautify our gardens, capture breathtaking photography, and much more, contributing their time, talents, and thousands of volunteer hours annually. We will be featuring our volunteers in Volunteer Vibes so that we can all learn who they are and why they do what they do for the Preserve. Let’s meet our volunteers!

Ruth Backenroth in her garden. Photo by Walter “Snapper” Earl.
Photo by Walter “Snapper” Earl

Ruth Backenroth

Gardening and Education Volunteer
August 5, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Ruth Backenroth – PDF

Anka Angrist on a nature walk in front of a field
Photo by Diane Sadowy

Anka Angrist

Conservation Science Volunteer
July 29, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Anka Angrist – PDF

Christopher Zimmerman in front of trees
Photo by Bae Zimmerman

Christopher Zimmerman

Volunteer Bike Patrol and Trailhead Ambassador
July 15, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Christopher Zimmerman – PDF

Volunteer standing in front of Mountain Laurel on a trail
Photo by Jannette Pazer

Matt Logan

Volunteer Trailkeepers Coordinator
July 1, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Matt Logan – PDF

Volunteer in a natural setting
Photo by Kent Stivers

Artie Hidalgo-Espinosa

Trail Builders Volunteer Coordinator
June 24, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Artie Hidalgo-Espinosa – PDF

Trail Builders volunteer with tools and hardhat.
Photo by Christopher Hoey

Linda Shekita

Trail Builders Volunteer
June 17, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Linda Shekita – PDF

Photo by Susan Lehrer

Carol Rietsma

Phenology Volunteers Coordinator, Board of Directors Secretary, Education Committee Chair, and more.
June 3, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Carol Rietsma – PDF

Photo by Maryalice Citera

Renee Zernitsky

Mohonk Preserve Volunteer Photographers Coordinator
May 20, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Renee Zernitsky – PDF

Photo by Kate Schoonmaker

Ken Pawson

Interpretive Guides Volunteer Coordinator
May 6, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Ken Pawson – PDF

Photo by Marc Fisher

Georgiana Fisher

Gardening Volunteer Coordinator
April 29, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Georgiana Fisher – PDF

Photo by Dick Williams

Rick Cronk

Climbers’ Trail Crew Volunteer Coordinator
April 22, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Rick Cronk – PDF

Photo by Christopher Yates

Peter Boyle

Backcountry Patrol Volunteer Coordinator
April 15, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Peter Boyle – PDF

Photo by Larry Feldman

Jill Feldman

Chair of the Volunteer Committee
March 25, 2022

Read more: Volunteer Vibes with Jill Feldman – PDF

Cover Photo by Gerald Liddelow