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Meet Our Volunteers: Terry and Alice Esslinger

When Terry and Alice Esslinger retired two and a half years ago they traded in their “bricks and sticks” home for a mobile version that enables them to travel between Idaho and Nevada where they have children and grandchildren.  Since retiring from Terry’s dental practice where the couple worked together for 20 years, they have kept busy volunteering and spending time with their son in Idaho, daughter in Nevada, and three grandchildren in each state.

Now that they don’t have to work for a living Terry and Alice say that they enjoy giving back to the country that has been so good to them—and they certainly have been busy giving back! In the two and a half years since they retired, the Esslingers have volunteered for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Idaho and Nevada, the Corps of Engineers in California, and Arizona State Parks. 

Hagerman National Fish Hatchery has benefitted from the Esslingers’ commitment to volunteering for the past two summers.  At Hagerman the couple keeps busy mowing 13 acres of lawn, helping to maintain the grounds and signage, sprucing up buildings with fresh coats of paint, feeding fish, giving tours, and pitching in anywhere else they are needed.  Although giving tours was a bit nerve-wracking at first, Terry and Alice now look forward to showing visitors around the hatchery.  Plenty of practice has helped them develop a knack for tailoring tours to visitors’ interest levels.  Every opportunity to introduce visitors to the hatchery is rewarding, but they think tours are the most fun when they have a captive audience interested in plenty of details. 

As much as the Esslingers enjoy volunteering at Hagerman, the hot summer days can be tough to handle.  Next summer Terry and Alice plan to take a break from the scorching summer days at Hagerman.  They are looking forward to trading 90 to 100 degree days in Idaho for 60 to 70 degree days on San Juan Island in Washington where they will be giving tours for the National Park Service at San Juan Island National Historic Park.  The National Park Service will be lucky to have two great volunteers!

A huge thank you and best of luck to the Esslingers!


Last updated: August 19, 2013

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