In April of 2019, Dinosaur Ridge began recognizing our wonderful volunteers by showcasing the contributions of one volunteer each month. Thank you to each of you for your outstanding commitment to the mission of Dinosaur Ridge!
April 2019 – Warren Slodowske
Warren has been volunteering with Dinosaur Ridge for six years in a variety of capacities and attends almost every volunteer training offered. As he himself says, “I can always learn something new!” He consistently volunteers in our exhibit hall twice a week with a great attitude despite some recent health challenges, and also helped with numerous Dinosaur Discovery Days and Outreach Events.
May 2019 – Donna A.
Donna recently moved to Denver from Illinois. She read an article in the Denver Post honoring Sam Bartlett for his Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award and his 21 years of service with FODR, and decided she’d like to volunteer with us. Donna is a retired middle school science teacher who taught earth science for 19 years. She has been volunteering regularly with us since January and has been a wonder with school tours, docenting, casting, outreach events and leading our preK TriceraTots programs! Welcome Donna!
June 2019 – Kay B.
Kay has been a volunteer since July 2018. She is a retired accountant who worked for Jefferson County Schools for many years. Kay volunteers weekly behind the scenes in our office, sharing her fantastic organizational and computer skills. She enters volunteer hours, tabulates data from our student evaluations, and researches and maintains several mailing lists. Kay has also trained other volunteers with office tasks. In her free time, Kay enjoys hiking and painting, and we’ve benefited from her painting skills, too; Kay helped to paint our stegosaur models!
July 2019 – Andy A.
Andy first fell in love with geology in 1954, when his dad gave him a book about rocks and fossils. He has been volunteering at Dinosaur Ridge since 2008 and has helped in a variety of capacities, but you will regularly find his smiling face in our Trek through Time exhibit hall on Thursday mornings (and his donated bagels in our kitchen!). Always helpful and super-creative in solving our technical challenges, he is our go-to problem solver. This year Andy has also been a super-star helper at numerous outreach events (and is now an expert at loading his car with tents, bins and dinosaur models!). In his spare time, he continues to offer his professional services as a geotechnical engineer and also volunteers at DMNS in their Space Odyssey exhibit.
Fun fact about Andy: Has an amazing coal collection from around the world. Over his career as a geophysical engineer, he has collected a piece of coal from every place he has worked!
August 2019 – Bob M.
Bob started volunteering at Dinosaur Ridge in May of this year and has been a welcome addition to the tour guide team! He is retired from the petroleum industry where he worked for 42 years as an exploration geologist and has studied geology all over western US from Alaska to New Mexico, with emphasis on sedimentary rocks. He says that he “thoroughly enjoys teaching anyone of any age about the geology/paleontology of Dino Ridge” and his enthusiasm is positively contagious! Bob has already volunteered 80 hours this year leading tours and we thoroughly appreciate his service. Thank you Bob!
September 2019 – Peg O.
Peg started volunteering in 2017 when the car dealership development brought Dinosaur Ridge into the news and she wanted to support the organization. She started by doing data entry in our office but has since served in almost every volunteer capacity. You’ll find her friendly face in the Exhibit Hall every Tuesday afternoon, but she also helps out as an interpretive guide with young children, at Outreach & Special Events, and over the past 6 months took on the enormous task of coordinating the writing and editing of the annual report! Recently, Peg was also our “Rescuer on the Ridge” when she called 911 to help a visitor who suffered a seizure at the Tracksite (she wasn’t even volunteering that day!)
Prior to retirement Peg worked as the National Director of Internal Communications with the Catholic Health Initiatives (12 yrs) and was also the VP for Public Affairs and Education with the Colorado Hospital Association (19 yrs). When asked why she enjoys volunteering with Dinosaur Ridge she said that it provides her the opportunity to learn something new every day and that her favorite part about being a docent is “trying to identify what will excite each individual who comes in the door”. When Peg’s not volunteering she enjoys spending time with her twin grand-babies and traveling with her husband Steve.
October 2019 – Al K.
Al’s lifelong interest in both geology and paleontology brought him to start volunteering at Dinosaur Ridge a little over ten years ago. Shortly after he started volunteering, he was called out of retirement to work for Westat, a firm that develops and runs studies such as the project Al worked on, “The Nation’s Report Card,” an annual study from the U.S. Department of Education. He fully retired in January of 2018 and since then has been very active as an interpretive guide at Dinosaur Ridge. His 33 years of teaching secondary social studies have come in handy for this role! Al and his wife taught and lived in Japan, Germany, Turkey, and Italy. While in Italy, Al picked up a hobby in rock wall climbing. Recently, Al has joined the Preservation Committee and has taken on the task of staining the tracks on the track site and implementing a program to train other volunteers to participate in track-staining, including through use of ropes and rappelling. When he’s not volunteering at Dinosaur Ridge, he is busy entertaining his grandchildren and gardening. Thank you, Al!
November 2019 – Sue Z.
Geologic time and dinosaurs have always been topics of interest for Sue. She lives in Roxborough Park and feels fortunate to be surrounded by that slice of time, as well as Morrison and Dino Ridge. Sue is a retired portrait photographer and recently completed the Audubon Naturalist Program which included interpretive presentation, nature journaling and geology, She started volunteering with Dinosaur Ridge in January of 2019 and after shadowing in several roles, she discovered that she most enjoys some of our “behind-the-scenes” opportunities such as fossil casting, assisting with track staining, painting our life-size dinosaur models, office tasks, as well as gardening and landscaping projects. Seeing the sorry state of our small Mesozoic Garden and greenhouse at the Discovery Center, Sue took the initiative to clean out the overgrown weeds, resurrect the remaining plantings, and come up with a new landscape design to be implemented over the next year. When she is not weeding the gardens at the Visitor Center or Discovery Center, she likes to spend time outdoors in her own garden or riding her horse.
December 2019 – Clint T.
Clint is a Colorado native who has lived in the Lakewood area for 35 years, where he was always familiar with Dinosaur Ridge. After experiencing a layoff due to government budgetary cuts, Clint began volunteering at Dinosaur Ridge. He has been enjoying casting here for five years, as it gives him something to do with his hands and provides fun for families who visit the exhibit hall. He especially enjoys it when visitors stop by the casting room to see what he is doing, so he can explain the casting process and show them the molds and casting products.
Clint worked for Lockheed Martin for 33 years, primarily as a systems integration engineer. He assisted in the coordination of people working on experiments and spacecraft that flew on the Space Shuttle, Titan IV, and Atlas Launch Vehicles. He supported the launch teams at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASAs Kennedy Space Center, and Vandenberg Air Force Base. Now, he also volunteers at the Jeffco Action Center in the grocery store/pantry, providing a community resource for those in need of a helping hand. He has two daughters and enjoys spending time with them, his sons-in law, and their children, including a total of 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons in each family.
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