by Brent Wilkins
If you’ve ever visited Jones Park or attended an event there, you’ve likely seen Jesse Jones Park Volunteer Cory Noble doing what he enjoys most – serving the community.
Noble, who has been a volunteer for the past three years, serves as the 2nd vice president of the JJPV Board of Directors and helps the volunteer coordinator with recruiting volunteers for events, tours, and other activities.
In addition to volunteering at events and festivals, Noble often volunteers during the week to help with ongoing projects, even if it’s as simple as pulling weeds or picking up trash. According to Noble, “a small contribution can make a big difference in the park.”
Noble first visited the park in 2017 for Second Saturday Settlers, a program he was delighted to learn combined nature and history. After seeing staff and volunteers plying their pioneer trades and sharing their knowledge of Texas pioneer history, Noble was inspired to learn more so that he could volunteer in the park’s living history programs. Since becoming a volunteer, he has mastered the natural history of Jones Park and serves as a nature tour guide and Summer Nature Camp counselor.
Noble spent little time exploring the outdoors as a child, so he now takes a special interest in learning more about nature. He is always asking the naturalists questions about plants, animals, and Texas pioneer history.
“There’s always more to learn, but being able to tell the difference between red bay leaves [an herb used for seasoning] and laurel cherry [a highly toxic plant] is definitely a good thing!” he said.
Noble graduated from college as valedictorian with a degree in travel and tourism and has a commercial pilot’s license. As a flight attendant for 20 years, he has traveled to 29 countries and all 50 states at least twice.
When Noble is not volunteering at the park, he enjoys traveling, collecting presidential campaign buttons, and doing research projects. So next time you’re at the park, be sure to give him a wave!