Learn About Being an Audubon Trail Guide on Wednesday, March 28


The Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for folks with enthusiasm for sharing nature with children. You can learn about leading Discovery Walks at a New Trail Guide Orientation on Wednesday morning, March 28. Audubon naturalist and volunteer coordinator Katie Finch, who will lead the orientation, is pictured here on a Discovery Walk.

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With as many as 4,500 schoolchildren visiting this spring, Audubon Community Nature Center needs volunteers who love nature to lead Discovery Walks with groups of students.

“Our trail guides generously share their time and themselves for the important work of connecting children to nature,” said Audubon naturalist and volunteer coordinator Katie Finch. “These volunteers are critically important, and their impact can last a lifetime!”

At the New Trail Guide Orientation on Wednesday morning, March 28, you can find out how to become a Trail Guide volunteer and learn about this rewarding opportunity to assist the education staff with elementary school fieldtrips.

The 10-11:30 a.m. session will cover a brief history and mission of Audubon, volunteer roles in the organization and an overview of what it means to be a Trail Guide. If, after this introductory session, you feel this is a good fit, you ought to attend the four-day Trail Guide Training on Wednesday mornings in April.

If you have experience or interest in the natural world and working with children, this could be for you. Trail Guide Volunteers are integral to the education programming at Audubon. Most often these volunteers work with PreK-4th grade students visiting Audubon on a fieldtrip. Volunteers lead small groups on Discovery Walks outside to inspire curiosity about the natural world through age-appropriate activities.

Information and skills learned in this training are also useful in other volunteer positions at Audubon.

Reservations are required by Monday, March 26, 2018: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or click through New Trail Guide Orientation on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

The workshop will take place inside. You are invited to stay for a BYO lunch and outdoor walk afterward.

Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, and Lenna Foundation.

To learn more about Audubon field trips and how to schedule them, call (716) 569-2345 or click on “Schools” at auduboncnc.org/ScheduleAProgram.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. The three-story Nature Center building contains interactive displays, a collection of live animals, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop.

Building hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and Liberty, the non-releasable Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible