Volunteers on the Reserve often melt away the evening in the orange, purple, and gold of a prairie sunset and glowing campfire. This summer we were fortunate to host volunteers from around the globe thanks to continued collaboration with the Mars Ambassador Program, service projects with National Geographic Student Expeditions, and the generosity of individuals willing to spend their vacations helping restore the northern plains. By removing fence and improving hiking trails, volunteers open up the landscape for wildlife and the public and provide miles upon miles of goodwill.
After a long day in the outdoors, you’ll often find these spirited adventurers around the campfire sharing stories of their travels in faraway lands and reflecting on the future of the landscape before them. Between the fire and the fading light there’s a sense of solitude and a job well done lingering in the air.
Photo by Dennis Lingohr