Robert “Otter” Brown

Oak Knoll volunteer Robert "Otter" Brown explains sugaring

Robert “Otter” Brown is no stranger to Mass Audubon. He started his long, endearing journey with Mass Audubon back when he was Camp Counselor at Wildwood, Mass Audubon's overnight camp in Rindge, NH. During his time there, he fell in love with rocks, geology, and even his wife, who was a fellow counselor.

Some highlights from Otter's Wildwood days include starting his own geology camp, working at the travel camp, and renovating a bus for outward bound experiences. Otter was even the Sanctuary Director of Wildwood before he moved into the formal education field. Prior to retiring in 2015, Otter was a 5th grade science teacher, environmental science teacher, and soccer coach at Wheeler in Providence, RI.

Today, Oak Knoll is lucky enough to have Otter as a volunteer. He originally joined Oak Knoll for our Statewide Volunteer Day back in 2015, and he has been a prominent member of our team ever since. You can often find him working in the gardens, tapping maple trees for vacation week programs, maintaining our trails, doing outreach programs, sitting on our Sanctuary Advisory Committee, or even appearing as the famous Rock Man in our Halloween Spooktacular.

When he was asked why he chose to volunteer at Oak Knoll he said, “When I ask myself what I have enjoyed most in life, what I really want to stay in touch with? It’s Mass Audubon.”