I just got home from volunteering at the annual "Fishnic" fund raiser for our local Environmental Studies Center. This is a yearly event with food, music, auction, raffles, and tons of activities for the kids. The money raised (and it is substantial thank goodness) goes to pay the salary of a teacher at the Center and to help with the expenses of maintaining the facility.
The Environmental Studies Center is part of the county school system and is open all year with numerous activities, classes and field trips for students of all ages. They maintain several animal habitats and have a number of nature exhibits on display. Summer camp there is a "must". It is a wonderful facility and is open to the public when school is not in session. It isn't at all unusual to find two or three generations in a family who have attended the ESC.
This is my fourth year of volunteering and I am honored to do so.