Member Recognition

Gary CourtsGary Courts has been a foundation member for 25 years and began volunteering with Five Rivers MetroParks in 2010, after an accomplished career in formal science education.  He taught middle school, high school, and college courses.

When asked why he supports the foundation he responded "I consider Cox Arboretum to be a great treasure.  As a member of the Cox Arboretum Foundation I have an opportunity to support this wonderful facility that has so enriched my life.  As a retired educator I value the rewarding experiences I now have as a volunteer when leading programs for school groups at the Arboretum.  By financially supporting the Cox Arboretum Foundation I feel I am helping to ensure that this facility will be able to continue to serve our community for years to come."

Gary has taken courses and is a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association of Interpretation, a Certified MetroParks Volunteer, a Master Silviculturist, and in 2016 was awarded the Environmental Education Council of Ohio's Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Gary is one of the "go to" volunteers for Five Rivers MetroParks' school programs, childcare center programs, and the children's public program series -Conservation Kids.  Gary is often the first volunteer to respond to requests to lead and assist with programs, and often volunteers three or more days a week during the spring, summer, and fall.  His passion for the outdoors makes programming come to life for children of all ages.  Gary's never-ending quest to continue building his knowledge about the world around us, inspires others and certainly inspires us!