Gary Collins

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Honoree: Gary Collins

Honored by: Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Cause Area: Animals & Environment

Gary has been a volunteer for Irvine Ranch Conservancy since 2013. He has led a variety of programs from long-distance hikes to nature walks. In addition to recreation programs, Gary is a Fire Watch Volunteer and regularly helps the Conservancy Field Operations and Science and Stewardship departments. He assists with the weekly collection of data from over 20 cameras scattered throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Once a week he drives for most of the day to collect this vital information for our staff, and returns smiling and sharing what he has seen in that day’s travels outdoors. The next day he could be back on the trail supporting programs and the land he enjoys.


21 thoughts on “Gary Collins

  1. Gary, I remember how excited you were to begin your volunteer duties with us. You moved so quickly through the training and your excitement has led to a long list of dedication and contributions to the Landmarks. Thank you for your work as a Fire Watch, land steward, driver, and docent volunteer, as well as the many things you do for the Landmarks.


  2. Thanks so much for all that you do, Gary! I remember the first time meeting you in Black Star Canyon with your grandchildren, sharing the joy and excitement of the land with them. Now as a volunteer, you continue that passion with others. Thanks for being part of the family!


  3. Gary, It has been amazing having you take on the camera routes for Kate and myself. You stepped in when we needed someone and did the job wonderfully. I enjoy your humor and always look forward to see you in the office! I really appreciate all the work you put in!


  4. Gary, it is always great to see you active with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy and all the activities offered. Thanks for all you do. Congratulations – well deserved!


  5. Gary, congratulations and well deserved! Thanks for everything you have done for the land and the Conservancy, especially your Fire Watch service!


  6. Thank you very much for your precious time given to the land and Fire Watch. Without the photos we would not have the bigger picture of what happens when we are not there. I loved my first look at a photo at Friday Science of a mother mountain lion and 3 cobs near the water trough on East Loma! Congratulations! A well-deserved honor!


  7. Nice mtg you yesterday, Gary, at the Spitzer Deck Ceremony! And if you ever want to MTN BIKE to the camera’s, and need some company, feel free to ask!
    Sam Saul, trail guide, mtn biker


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