It is hard to believe 6 months is already over and Seeds of Success is coming to an end. These past months have flown by, but they always say time flies when you are having fun. I wish time would slow down when you are having fun, but I guess it forces you to savor every moment. One of my favorite aspects of Seeds of Success has been having the opportunity to travel and get to know so many amazing national wildlife refuges, state parks and preserves, as well as, tiny, adorable towns I would never have visited. I have felt so lucky being able to set off and spend entire weeks exploring beautiful areas and spending time getting to know new plant species. It really makes you appreciate a well managed natural area and the effort it takes to keep out invasive species, maintain clean facilities (you would be surprised in the lack of water fountains, etc.), and manage trails.
While I had my doubts it could be done, my team and I managed to clean and package all of our seed from the end of the season. It is hard to believe I will not be seeing my team everyday anymore and will no longer get to enjoy the North Carolina Botanical Garden scenery. I feel so lucky I got to work in such an amazing place with such amazing people. It has been a great team building experience, learning how to work so closely with a group of people and going through all the ups and down of a season of field work. We all managed to make it through the field season with our sanity intact and I am so grateful because every one of my team members has taught me something that I will take with me on my future endeavors. Seeds of Success has taught me so much and I am so grateful so this experience!