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Volunteers Step Up in January

  Andrew and Mallory Halliburton 40 volunteers including Buffalo Soldiers, MPD officers, and staff from the Shelby County District Attorney General's office, worked at Kennedy Park on the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan.16th.   Thanks again to Wayne Roberts for his continued assistance in leading our Kennedy Park projects! Andrew and Mallory Halliburton - a father-daughter team -  enthusiastically cleared privet at the Lucius Burch trailhead on... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, January 30, 2017 | 0 comments

Fall Service Projects Improve Habitat, Trash and Trails

    THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE WONDERFUL INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR HELP IN PRESERVING THE WONDER OF THE WOLF! Oct. 28 - AT&T volunteers   made huge progress on the boardwalk trail at Kennedy Park, removing hundreds of pounds of rotten wood and trash.  This clears the way for an Eagle Scout to come in and finish the boardwalk.  Oct. 29  - Halloween Bat House Project at Lovitt Woods - Thanks to the... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Saturday, November 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Intern Spotlight: Nathan Campbell Shares His Story

As a college student, I am surrounded by some of the brightest young adults in the country. Whenever people ask these bright individuals about their future goals, I hear them talk of ambitious aspirations of becoming lawyers pursuing criminal justice reform, doctors focusing on degenerative diseases, or engineers building rockets for SpaceX. But whenever anyone has asked me that question, I mumble through a mostly incoherent answer and attempt to change the topic as quickly as possible.... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 0 comments

WRC Volunteer Appreciation Event on May 19th

It was a beautiful evening in a beautiful setting with some of our favorite people-- our volunteers! On May 19th, WRC showed its volunteers some love at the Memphis Botanic Garden. After some mingling and refreshments on the porch of the Guest House in My Big Backyard, Executive Director Keith Cole welcomed the group and expressed the WRC's appreciation for all the hard work our volunteers do and how much they truly help keep us running. Then, WRC Special Project Coordinator,... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 0 comments

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Strickland

Jim Strickland, our latest certified WRC River Guide, has quickly gained the respect of the other guides and participating paddlers. Since early 2015, he has been one of our most trusted, stable volunteers, lending a helping hand both on paddle trips and with other WRC projects whenever he can.  Jim has participated in seven events already, including our first Polar Wolf Plunge on January 1.  He was one of only seven individuals who entered the water at Bateman Road bridge while 20... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Weed Wrangle at Lovitt Woods Draws Hard-working Volunteers

     Our thanks to the volunteers who joined us at Lovitt Woods on Sat., Jan. 23rd, for the Memphis Weed Wrangle, a new statewide event focused on exotic invasive plants. This energetic group cleared invasive privet choking the understory of the forest, getting a lot of work done in just a few hours!  Removing the privet and providing more light to the forest floor will allow the canopy trees to regenerate over time.  Native understory trees and shrubs will also be... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Registration Open for Cycle the Greenway

Registration is now open for the Wolf River Conservancy's Cycle the Greenway. The event will be held on Saturday, June 4th at 7600 Wolf River Blvd. For more information on how to register and fundraise for the event, please go to the Cycle the Greenway Website .  Event Details Date:  Saturday June 4, 2016 Event Start/Finish:  7600 Wolf River Blvd., Germantown, TN 38138 Event Timeline: 6:30 AM - Check-In and Walk-Up Registration Begins 7:15 AM - Welcome... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Volunteer at the 11th Annual WRC Tree Planting

  The 11th Annual WRC Tree Planting is the largest volunteer event for the Wolf River Conservancy and will be held on Saturday, March 12th from 9-12 pm at Shelby Farms Park. Presented by International Paper and FedEx, hundreds of volunteers will help plant over 325 one-inch caliper Eastern Redbud trees and establish native butterfly gardens along the Walnut Grove side of Shelby Farms Park. We need your help to complete this project! Register to Volunteer   Sponsor A... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Sponsor a Tree and Support WRC

The 11th Annual WRC Tree Planting will be on Saturday, March 12th at Shelby Farms Park. Volunteers will plant 330 one-inch caliper Eastern Redbud trees along Walnut Grove Road. The cost of each of these trees is roughly $15. We are asking for your help by considering to sponsor the cost of a tree (or many trees), so that more funds can go to future programs and service projects at the Wolf River Conservancy. We have a goal to raise $5,000 for the needed 330 Eastern Redbuds for our tree... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Thank You Brother International for Supporting the Wolf River Conservancy

As a sponsor of our 10th Annual Tree Planting, Brother International donated more than $6,000 to the WRC. A large group of Brother employees and their family members also came out to help with the planting. Keith Cole, WRC Executive Director, presented Vickie Berry of Brother International with a plaque to express appreciation for their generous sponsorship. Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Friday, May 22, 2015 | 0 comments

WRC's Faith in Action Clean Up Projects

WRC staff teamed up with Buckman and Nexair employees to clean up a stretch of N. McLean on April 10th. The results: 45 bags of trash and 40 tires; 25 volunteers.   On April 18th, we worked with another great group of 16 volunteers at our Gerber property on Mud Island, cleaning up 45 bags of trash and 75 tires.   And on April 25th, a hardy group of 12 volunteers attacked some huge piles of trash at Epping Way.  The results:  25 bags of trash, 220 tires, 5... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, April 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Waldron

           The Wolf River Conservancy wishes to express its gratitude to Jim Waldron who has devoted many hours and resources to building and placing nest boxes for birds and bats along the Wolf River.  Jim is an expert builder of nest boxes, having built and installed hundreds over the years, and both his skills and his equipment have been invaluable in enhancing wildlife habitat. As a volunteer for WRC, he has assisted FedEx volunteers with... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Monday, April 27, 2015 | 0 comments

10th Annual Wolf River Conservancy Tree Planting A Success

The Wolf River Conservancy hosted our 10th Annual Tree Planting on Saturday March 28th at Shelby Farms Park. Over 350 volunteers came out and braved the not-so spring like temperature to plant over 10,000 trees that morning. A big thank you to our presenting sponsor, International Paper, and our other sponsors: Brother International, Little Garden Club, Memphis Garden Club, Darden Foundation, and Super Tree Seedlings. We would like to also thank the Memphis Grizzlies, Mayor Luttrell, West... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Hamilton at Monday, March 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike Watson

  Mike Watson has been an active river guide for Wolf River Conservancy since the guide program began with the original First Saturday Paddle in 2010. He has been the Lead Guide for the Fall Colors Trip and the Birding Paddle and a valued member of trail blazing expeditions, wielding a chainsaw like a pro. Mike is also an invaluable asset to WRC off the river: his expert mapping and computer skills have provided us with our most important paddling maps. Mike’s favorite section of... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, March 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Volunteer Spotlight: The Thompsons and the Easterlings

  Originally from the Canal Zone in Panama, Central America, Patty Thompson, Bruce Thompson and Leesie Easterling are siblings who have made Memphis their home for the past twenty years. Leesie's husband, Lonnie Easterling, is a native Memphian and a talented cartoonist. The couple sees volunteering as a great opportunity to teach their three children about the importance of helping others within the community.. Patty Thompson is bilingual, using her fluency in Spanish to help... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Volunteer Spotlight: Beth Hoople

  Beth Hoople is currently volunteering in the WRC office where she donates her professional skills in analysis and historical preservation to organize WRC's wealth of resources into a digitized repository which can be updated continuously.  Beth also generously assists with other staff and clerical needs. These are unglamorous, sometimes arduous, and often overlooked tasks, but they are very important, and we want everyone to know how much we appreciate Beth and her efforts on our... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Volunteer Spotlight: Sandy Stacks

Sandy Stacks started paddling blue moons ago. She is a charter member of the Wolf River Conservancy River Guide program, having been certified with the first group of paddlers before the existing program was formalized. Since she has since always remained current by attending certification programs, attending annual training and specialty programs. She not only leads WRC on river programs but Bluff City Canoe Club (BCCC) trips as well. Sandy has been an active member of the Canoe Club for over... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Volunteer Spotlight: Isaiah Allen

  Isaiah Allen joined the WRC River Guide Training Program on August 7, 2014. His “can do” attitude and hard work in a number of different WRC programs resulted in full River Guide Certification this past December - a record time for certification! This year alone, he has already led two on-river programs and has signed up to lead four additional trips by year’s end. He has voluntarily worked in five WRC information booths, participated in outdoor research programs and paddled in two... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Volunteer with the Wolf River Conservancy

Volunteer With Us! Sign Up Here! Fundraising and Public Events Be a part of our Event Staff for major fundraising events: Annual Tree Planting Cycle the Greenway Greenway Soirée  Be a WRC Ambassador for public events: Cooper-Young Festival  Outdoors Inc. Annual Cyclocross Shelby Farms Earth Day Festival  Land Stewardship Exotic plant removal Trash clean-ups Habitat... Read More
Posted by Cathy Justis at Friday, January 16, 2015 | 0 comments