North Pond is a sanctuary, a preserve for small wildlife, migrating birds, and many creatures we don't see unless we stop and listen, sit and watch. Occasionally you find baby turtles scrambling into the pond, or multitudes of preying mantis cocoons. There’s usually a treasure to be found in that moment to connect with nature. With the tall prairie plants brushing your shoulders, it's possible to imagine a more timeless wilderness. As a North Pond Gardener, it’s getting harder to balance on the sometimes muddy and eroded edges of the pond. But we show up in heat and humidity, choose to keep working as thunderstorms threaten because it's worth it; we steward North Pond because we love it.