January Volunteer Spotlight

Currently living in Melrose, Regina Gibbons grew up in southern New Jersey. Regina has worked as an acupuncturist for the past 23 years. Before that, she got her MBA and worked as an accountant.

Regina has volunteered with Friends of the Fells (FOF) for about a year. She regularly attends FOF’s monthly invasive plant removals and tries to make volunteering a part of her routine.

Her introduction to the Fells was in 2012 after her niece moved from Somerville to Washington D.C. and left Regina her 2007 illustrated edition trail map of the Fells. After learning more about the Fells and FOF, she signed up for emails to stay updated on events and activities in the park.

Kayaking on Spot Pond, snowshoeing, biking on fire roads, and hiking are all favored activities. “I kayak the pond as often as I can, delighting in the variation in weather and the progression of the seasons across land and sky,” Regina says about one of her favorite activities in the Fells.

Another aspect of the Fells that Regina treasures is the age and history of the rock formations. She loves to learn about the geologic history of the Fells. The rocks of the Fells have been dated at 900 million years. Parts of what is now the Fells and the city of Boston were originally attached to Northwest Africa. “That’s just wild and helps me keep things in perspective in an otherwise chaotic world,” Regina says.

If you are interested in volunteering, Regina has some advice. She says that “[volunteering is] the best antidepressant, unlimited refills, and no copay,” and, “[working] alongside other volunteers is an important reminder that there are good folks out there and good things are being done.”

Thank you so much for all that you do for the Fells, Regina!

If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities, read about our volunteer program here or check out our calendar here.