Don Culwell

Saturday evening, 6:00 PM on September 8, 17 docents and their spouses gathered around a low fire in the center pit of the new outdoor classroom-pavilion to roast skewered, stuffed jalapeño peppers and corn on the cob. Conversations over hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks caught every one up on early fall activities. With school classes now in session and teachers encouraged to bring classes out to SFNC for the day, docents will soon be busy again fulfilling South Fork’s mission: “No Child Left Inside” to stomp out the nature deficit syndrome.

So, with visiting over appetizers and drinks completed, docents were treated to a supper of fried chicken, slaw, biscuits, and fruit salad before desserts of peach cobbler and iced brownies were served.

Entertainment for the evening was by the Arkansas fiddle champion, Tim Trawick and his brother, Steve on guitar; toe patting melodies, gospel songs, and old familiar tunes sure rang through the rafters as the group gathered around on the hand-made cedar benches; surely some foursome must have been square dancing off to the side!

Docents were gifted with a T-shirt or a SFNC cap; a drawing honored door prize winners. It was indeed a great evening honoring South Fork docents for the great work they do to make nature come alive.

See how cool it is to be a docent? If this sounds like a good fit for you, ask us how you can put your skills & enthusiasm to use as part of our docent volunteer team. Call 501-745-6444 or contact Programs Director Dr. Don Culwell at 501-358-2095.