Carol Thesieres

May 2020

Carol was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where from an early age she remembers both of her parents being involved with birding and the outdoors. She graduated from Ursinus College with a degree in Mathematics. Carol then moved to the Philadelphia area where she taught high school for 6 years and then tennis for 5 years. She and her husband Terry lived in Pennsylvania 47 years before retiring to Naples full time in 2013.


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After relocating to Southwest Florida, Carol became involved in competitive tennis and squash for many years. She was inducted into the United States Squash Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Due to several hip and knee replacements she has settled into golf, playing three times a week. She was also the Chair of the Garden Committee at her condo.

Carol remembers first visiting Naples in 1967 with her husband to visit his parents. Her mother-in-law, a previous volunteer in the Welcome Center, introduced her to the Conservancy in its early years. Carol visited the Conservancy as a guest and member for many years with her own children, and eventually her grandchildren. They love reminiscing about their many boats rides and learning about so many of Southwest Florida’s native animals up close.

Carol began volunteering in the Dalton Discovery Center 15 years ago when she became a seasonal resident of Florida. After relocating to the area full time, Carol has been a year-round volunteer ever since. She educates our visitors about our wildlife, our waters and our land. She hopes they will recognize, protect, and greatly appreciated the wonders of nature that surround them. As her father once said, “You can see something new in nature every day, just look around.”

We thank Carol for her role in protecting Southwest Florida’s unique natural environment and quality of life…now and forever.

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