It’s the little things that you remember about a job most clearly. I think years from now I might not remember what project I was working on or where, but I will remember the seemingly small, yet hilarious events that got me through the days. I’ll remember the savory bite from a freshly made hamburger followed by a slip and then a Dwyane Wade style slam dunk into the fire pit. I’ll remember a lottery bear tag accidentally expiring and the subsequent wrath of a Paul Bunyan mode crew leader when the realization set in that the bear rug would have to wait another year. You may find, that in your work, you won’t recall the rock you had to detach from the mantle of the Earth or the tree that got hung up so bad that it’s probably still out there... but instead the quirks of the people you interact with on a daily basis and the laughs you’ve had in between.
On a sunny Saturday morning in October, four Youth Outdoors crews led about 15 community volunteers in planting dozens of varieties of native species at Como Regional Park. More than 400 plants, purchased with a grant from the Saint Paul Garden Club, were installed around the Kilmer Memorial Fireplace, near signs and along trails and split rail fence at the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.