Leslie and Walt Krater
Volunteering since 2000
As members of the Conservancy for nearly 40 years, Leslie and Walt Krater truly understand every person’s important role in caring for the natural environment. For the past 22 years, the active couple has enjoyed spending time with other WPC volunteers and staff stewarding some of our 41 preserves.
We have formed many friendships, and are always learning something new from both the staff and fellow volunteers, a lot of which we can apply to working on our own property.
How did you become involved with WPC?
First we were land stewards for Bear Run Nature Reserve, but have volunteered for work days from Crawford County to Bedford County.
How long have you been a volunteer with us and what motivates you to stay involved at WPC?
We’ve volunteered for 22 years. We enjoy working outside, have formed many friendships, and are always learning something new from both the staff and fellow volunteers, a lot of which we can apply to working on our own property.
Our three children have volunteered along with us while growing up over the years, which helped them fulfill school volunteer service and scouting requirements.
What would you tell someone who is interested in volunteering at WPC?
Working with and getting to know the various WPC land steward coordinators and assistant coordinators over the years has been an added bonus. Their knowledge and dedication to the environment have enriched our lives.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
Animal husbandry (horses, cow, chickens, goats pigs), grandchildren, helping daughter and son-in-law on their farm (baling hay, fencing, tractor repair), kayaking with Morgantown Area Paddlers and gardening are among the things that fill our days.
Leslie still works part time as a Behavioral Health Therapist. Fortunately, Walt is retired.