A Look Back at 2020

group of volunteers planting in Sycamore Falls in spring

While this past year brought many challenges, it also provided us with opportunities to engage and support our volunteers in new ways. These shifts have not been easy for anyone, but our volunteers persisted, and for that, we are grateful. When our doors closed this past spring and summer, volunteer activities at the Gardens ceased. However, we created opportunities that volunteers could help with from the safety of their own homes, including training, continuing education, and virtual get-togethers. While we could not replace the experience of digging into the dirt or walking amongst the butterflies, these at-home activities supported our many departments and furthered the mission of the Gardens. When we reopened over the summer, volunteers were invited to rejoin our staff with various outdoor projects. Our indoor volunteer activities have slowly returned this fall and winter, with more to return later in the next year. 

Volunteers are an important and imperative piece of everything we do at Reiman Gardens. We are so proud of the creativity and resilience that our volunteers displayed this past year. They are the reason for our success. We look forward to a 2021 that will hopefully be better for everyone. 

The Volunteer Impact Report for 2020 will be available on the volunteer page of our website beginning February 2021.