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Mercer Arborist Helps Bring Monarchs to the Greenway Bookmark

Mercer Arborist Helps Bring Monarchs to the Greenway
Mercer volunteer Fred Camarillo didn’t set out to be the butterfly man. He picked up the moniker one day while giving a presentation to students in Spring ISD. “All of a sudden, a kid yelled out, ‘It's the butterfly man!’ It wasn’t my favorite name at first,” he said. “But, if that’s what it takes to make a difference, I’ll be the butterfly man.” The name is fitting. As president of the Spring Creek Education Society, Camarillo now spends his free time advocating for the dwindling monarch butterfly population.

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Mihalik Bookmark

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Mihalik
While most people head to the grocery store or a local farmer’s market for produce, Mercer volunteer Chris Mihalik only has to walk outside. “I grow and eat a lot of my own vegetables,” she said. “I don’t have to spend much time in the produce section at the grocery store.” Mihalik grows zucchini, pumpkin, basil, parsley, rosemary, cilantro, figs, oranges, plums, and more. She turns much of her unconsumed produce into preserves, baked goods, and jellies to share with friends, neighbors, and other Mercer

Volunteer Spotlight: Houston Zoo Collegiate Conservation Program Bookmark

Volunteer Spotlight: Houston Zoo Collegiate Conservation Program
Mercer Botanic Gardens strives to match volunteers with their interests. When the Houston Zoo’s Collegiate Conservation Program contacted Mercer for a project this summer, they were tasked with removing several types of invasive plant species encroaching on the park’s conservation nursery border. Since 2011, the group has partnered with organizations across the Houston area on conservation projects from restoring habitats to clearing fields. “During our summers, we strive to expose interns to a variety