Come Meet Our Hero

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“Ranger Robby” Astrove was presented with not one but two “DeKalb Community Hero” awards. The Arabia Mountain Ranger received the Environmental Change Award, which recognizes an individual or organization who works tirelessly to preserve, protect, and raise awareness about the environment.

Robby also received the Inspiration Award, which recognizes outstanding leaders who inspire others through their actions to expand and improve public parks and green spaces, and who work to raise awareness about critical relevant issues. You can learn more about Robby’s work in the Preserve and at other community groups by watching this short video.

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Robby recently spoke about what the most rewarding part of his job was: “…It’s leading people up Arabia Mountain, a place most people don’t even know about.  I’ve discovered for many visitors it’s their first time, so a great reward for me is seeing a life-changing moment unfold before my eyes when we reach the top…I never get bored even though I walk the same trails daily. It’s like the first time every time.”

Take one of Robby’s inspiring tours at Arabia Mountain, and you’ll not only learn about wildflowers, birds, and trees, you’ll also share in his deep appreciation for nature’s infinite wonders. The free tours take place every Friday and Sunday at 8am. If you have a group you can schedule a special tour with him at a specific time and day.