32 This spring, the gardens won’t be the same! Longtime volunteer Lyn Levin has retired, and we will miss her daily contribution to North Mountain Park. Lyn’s constant dedication really showedusthemeaningofservice. For the last 17 years, she has been caring for our extensive demonstration gardens and applying her master-gardener expertise to manage them for beauty and habitat value. Lyn was also active for years in the development and care of the center’s Heirloom Garden, which is now adopted by the Ashland Garden Club. We wish Lyn the very best in her much-deserved retirement. Lyn’s shoes are hard to fill…but we are currently seeking new volunteers to contribute their service and their own creative spark. Come join our collaborative team! New and experienced gardeners are welcome to lend a hand or adopt their very own corner of the gardens. NORTHMOUNTAINPARK.ORG About North Mountain Park & The Nature Center — Hours & Overview North Mountain Park is open sunrise to sunset, year-round. The Nature Center is open Monday—Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The North Mountain Park Nature Center, located next to Bear Creek at 620 N Mountain Ave in Ashland, offers a variety of programs and interpretive exhibits, highlighting local natural and cultural history and sustainable living. Visitors can also enjoy the park’s Demonstration Gardens, nature trails, pavilion, picnic and play areas. Lyn Levin Friend of the Nature Center Instructor at Nature Center Teach hands-on, outdoor field trips to K-5 students. If you love kids and being outside, you’re qualified! Instructor Training Day is April 2, and the programs run April 15 to May 31. You’llmakeahugeimpactbyteaching only one shift per week. Come learn and teach with us! Interested? Please email libby.vanwyhe@ashland.or.us or call the center. North MouNtaiN Park Nature CeNter For more information, call the Nature Center at 541.488.6606 or visit Gardener at NMP Garden work parties occur every Wednesday morning from March to November. If you’re interested, please call the center or email jennifer.aguayo@ashland.or.us. To learn more or lend a hand in the beautiful Demonstration Gardens see page 5. Volunteer Opportunities! 10