The Story of Joe: A “Terribly” Great Volunteer

Joe Terrible has always loved nature. A local resident, his first interaction with Wildlands was on the Lehigh River Sojourn in 2007. He enjoyed the trip so much that he continued to participate for the next six years.

Joe leads a corporate volunteer group on the Floodplain Trail

When Joe retired from his position as a senior business manager at Air Products in 2013, he reached out to ask how he could get more involved with Wildlands. “It’s a great place and a great organization.” Joe explained, “I’m not a professional carpenter but I love the outdoors, so immediately it was suggested I volunteer on the boardwalk.”

The Floodplain Trail, popular for its boardwalk, is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. It is among Pool Wildlife Sanctuary’s most sought-after features because it offers increased accessibility and beautiful views of the Little Lehigh Creek. Joe began volunteering once a week to inspect and make much-needed repairs. He quickly took on a leadership role with corporate volunteer groups and Wildlands has fondly designated him “Chairman of the Boardwalk.”

Wildlands is thrilled to have volunteers like Joe leading the way for local conservation. When he’s not sharing his time with us, Joe enjoys astronomy, spending time with his wife and staying active in his church.

Look for Joe this summer at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary!

Interested in discovering your own Wildlands’ story? Learn more about our volunteer opportunities online. Or, contact Heather Pritchard at 610.965.4397, 112 or!