Sue Haislmaier and her husband Dan recently attended the Barn Dance at Riveredge in October with her daughter’s family who was visiting from Montana. Following their visit, Sue shared the following testimony of her family’s connection with Riveredge through the years. A connection that continues today…..
“… all three of our kids were involved at Riveredge and are now
environmental advocates as adults. My grandkids know me as
the grandparent that likes to explore outside when we visit them.
I recently looked at old family slides and found a couple from the
year our son found the Yule Log around ‘82. We still have the
slice of log cookie memento from that find.
In those days I became known as “Nature Mom” with one of the
first naturalized yards in the area. I have served as a volunteer
Teacher Naturalist at Riveredge since the late ‘70’s and continue
to teach maple syruping program in the spring. I served on the
board of directors in the ‘80’s as well as chaired and participated
in many events throughout the years. The kids remember me
at a Halloween Hike as “a leaf pile” when I would rise from a
heap on the ground in my camouflaged cape to give a lesson on
composting and worms.
Riveredge holds a dear place in my heart and mind. Knowing
that, my kids gifted me with a tree for my birthday this year that
will be planted in the spring, I look forward to a place on the
landscape to visit frequently.”
~ Sue Haislmaier, Riveredge Kid since 1968
You can help ensure that even more families have the opportunity to make memories like these in the coming year and decades. Support the passing of the torch and the next generation of environmental stewards. By making a gift to the annual fund, your generosity will do just that. Visit www.riveredgenaturecenter.org/donate to make your charitable contribution this holiday season.
On behalf of everyone at Riveredge Nature Center, thank you for being a part of the family!