Ann Marie Kyriazis

Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner

OC Community Resources
OC Parks, O'Neill Regional Park

Photo of Annmarie KyriaziAdopt-A-Park volunteers assist with beatification and interpretation of more than 39,000 acres of spectacular resources and open space. Volunteers help preserve and maintain the natural beauty and allure of these distinct landscapes and facilities, striving to maximize the outdoor experience for thousands of visitors. Since 1997, Annmarie Kyriazis has served as an Adopt-A-Park volunteer with O’Neill Regional Park and has dedicated thousands of hours to her volunteer efforts in support of the park’s nature center.

O'Neill Regional Park is situated in beautiful Trabuco and Live Oak Canyons. The park is heavily wooded with coast live oak and sycamore trees. The hillsides surrounding the park are filled with cactus, wild buckwheat, sagebrush and chaparral of scrub oak, buckthorn and mountain mahogany. Trabuco and Hicky Creeks also meander through the park, flowing in winter and early spring, dry in summer and fall.

In 1997, Annmarie helped schedule and train volunteers for O’Neill Park’s newly opened nature center. Once the facility was staffed, she began focusing her time on day-to-day activities such as maintaining animal exhibits, assisting with the planning and implementation of special programs such as Acorn Day, and coordinating fundraising events. The Acorn Day program encourages visitors, especially families with children, to learn about nature through a variety of interactive exhibits. Annmarie’s fundraising endeavors are vital in generating donations for center improvements, including the procurement of new specimens to display.

Annmarie’s volunteer involvement has resulted in many creative enhancements for the nature center. She is currently working on a project to develop an audio recording that focuses on the habitat and animals featured in the nature center and can be listened to as visitors tour the facility. She offers interactive activities for children that make learning fun and exciting. She finds ways to present information to visitors of all ages that emphasizes the importance of preserving wilderness areas for current and future generations.

Annmarie’s volunteer efforts contribute tremendously to the successful operation of O’neill Regional Park’sNature Center. When she is on duty, park patrons are greeted with a warm and friendly smile, and they are guaranteed a quick and helpful response to their questions. Annmarie can be counted on to keep things running smoothly, to provide leadership for other volunteers and to assist Park Rangers in offering visitors the best possible experience.

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