You Could Be a Trail Guide at the Audubon Nature Center

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The Audubon Nature Center is looking for folks with a passionate enthusiasm for sharing nature with children to lead Discovery Walks this spring. On the four Thursday mornings in April the Nature Center's education staff will offer training for these critically important volunteers. Pictured here, Nature Center naturalist Katie Finch, at left, is giving prospective guides a sample Discovery Walk.
The Audubon Nature Center is looking for folks with a passionate enthusiasm for sharing nature with children to lead Discovery Walks this spring. On the four Thursday mornings in April the Nature Center’s education staff will offer training for these critically important volunteers. Pictured here, Nature Center naturalist Katie Finch, at left, is giving prospective guides a sample Discovery Walk.

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If you have a passionate enthusiasm for sharing nature with children, the Audubon Nature Center needs you.

With more than 3,000 schoolchildren visiting every spring, the Nature Center is looking for volunteers with a love of 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 Nature Center Senior Naturalist Jeff Tome. “These volunteers are critically important, and their impact lasts a LONG time!”

Discovery Walks consist of a series of activities that engage the students in learning. On four Thursday mornings in April, the Nature Center’s education staff will teach you tips and tricks to keep them on task, show you fun things outside that you can share with them, and explain more about how they are organized.

This multi-day training will introduce you to how to work with a small group of children for an hour and a half walk. You will learn what the Audubon Nature Center does, how to lead Discovery Walks, and some natural history. Experience with children is helpful, but natural history knowledge is not necessary.

The 10 a.m. to noon training on April 7, 14, 21, and 28 will cover different material each week. Topics are relevant for both new and experienced trail guides. New guides will want to attend the entire series. Guides who have had the training before can call (716) 569-2345 for a detailed schedule and choose which sessions they would like to attend.
Participants are reminded to dress for the weather as the program will be both indoors and out.

Reservations for the four sessions are required by Monday, April 4, 2016: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or use the online form by clicking through “Trail Guide Training” at www.jamestownaudubon.org.

To learn more about Audubon field trips and how to schedule them, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.audubonprograms.com/fieldtrips.

Discovery Walks are funded in part through fees and through a grant from the Thomas H. Brown Fund administered by Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

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

The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. The Nature Center building, with its collection of live animals, interactive exhibits and the Blue Heron Gift Shop, is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The grounds, including trails, gardens, arboretum, and Liberty, the Bald Eagle, are open from dawn until dusk daily.

To learn more about the many programs offered by the Nature Center, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.