My mother always taught me that volunteering was an important part of living a well-rounded life, and that still sticks with me.
When the economy failed and I had some extra time on my hands, I saw a community newsletter about the Minnesota Master Naturalist program and a class being at the local city hall. I signed up. I've met some wonderful people from that experience and also got an opportunity to shoot some photos of their Master Naturalist Explorers program. It was also an opportunity to meet some folks from Fish and Wildlife and Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.