Rock Point Inducts Newest Class of Volunteers

Trail Stewards, Pollinator Docents Don Official Colors to Represent Rock Point


By the Rev. Jackie Arbuckle


BURLINGTON, Vermont—You’ll recognize them by their T-shirts! By the end of May, our new official volunteers will be at work helping in specific areas of Rock Point and connecting with the public on our property.


While we have always benefited—and will continue to do so with deep gratitude—from volunteers helping us tend the gardens, mow the lawns, assist with special projects, offer education…and the list goes on, we also now have people who are part of our official Rock Point Volunteer Program.


They’ve had specialized training and are making a unique, ongoing and scheduled commitment to represent Rock Point and help us serve as a welcoming sanctuary of “spirituality, creativity, community, education, training and environmental stewardship” in the heart of Burlington. Their training and commitment entitles them to wear our official T-shirts and logo in the official colors of the Rock Point brand. In future months, you’ll start to notice the very dark blue of our Garden Keepers and the wine red of our Bishop Booth Conference Center hosts. But this summer, look for:


The light blue (tropical blue) of our Trail Stewards. They’ve had training by the Green Mountain Club in Waterbury, the keepers of Vermont’s Long Trail. They’ll be on our trails, monitoring and helping maintain them, and they’ll be serving as resources for guiding you in using our trails in accordance with our requirements and with courtesy for other users.


And the tangerine orange of our Pollinator Docents. They’ll be working around the developing pollinator meadow under our solar trackers and the new pollinator demonstration garden as we build it. They’ll be happy to give you a tour if you’d like, even though these are works in progress!

Even though the initial training has been done, we can still happily welcome new volunteers into these groups.


Even though the initial training has been done, we can still happily welcome new volunteers into these groups. Our buddy and orientation system will operate into late fall and start early every spring! Contact Jackie Arbuckle, Volunteer Coordinator, at JackieinVT@gmail.com or 482-5367 if you’d like to wear one of these T-shirts yourself!


In the featured photo l to r: Ilana Copel, GMC Field Supervisor; Rob Rives, GMC Volunteer and Education Coordinator; Lucas Moore; Nancy Weber; Katharine Montstream (Trail Stewards. Sue Brown, Candace Smith, the Rev. Jackie Arbuckle; Mike Kiernan, Bee the Change Honey (our partner) and Francis Geier (Pollinator Docents). Not pictured: Carley Claghorn, Wally Good and Shane Poulin - and for Docents, Trish Denton.