After completing the West Virginia Master Naturalist course in 2006, Clark joined classmates Ora Dixon and Cheryl Jennings in helping to establish the Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Chapter. Clark served as one of the co-chairs of the newly formed chapter. Over the years, Clark has continued to serve on the chapter coordinating committee and currently serves as its chair emeritus. Clark has served two stints on the WV Master Naturalist State Advisory Committee and has taught Natural History workshops in campfire cooking, flint and steel, and vernal pools.
The experience of completing the initial course and field work plus the volunteer service hours was the start of this incredible journey with her renewed connection to nature, citizen science, youth engagement, environmental stewardship, and community service. With a zest for learning, Ora has continued the requirements for recertification over the years, contributed to the formation of the PVMN Chapter, and assisted with numerous Master Naturalists training courses. What Ora loves most about the Master Naturalist Program is that it has provided awesome networking opportunities to connect with other like-minded individuals with similar interests, to provide adult leadership, and mentoring opportunities to connect youth and young adult audiences to the great outdoors.
“Clark and I were the first co-chairs and my task was to set the schedule and instructors, which gave me opportunities to meet lots of interesting people. Later, I taught classes on butterflies, dragonflies, ferns, and recording/preserving. All the projects I have participated in has given me friends throughout the state as well as opportunities to travel to state parks and wildlife areas. But truly, what gives me the most pleasure are the people I have met, and become friends with, as well as the knowledge that what I have done has lasting effects for our environment.”