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Audubon Community Nature Center
Question: How can Audubon Community Nature Center’s four-member education staff provide an outdoor experience for more than 3,000 schoolchildren every spring?
Answer: With the help of volunteers who have a passionate enthusiasm for sharing nature with children.
Trail Guides volunteers are essential to the education programming at Audubon. Most often these volunteers lead Discovery Walks with elementary age students visiting Audubon on a fieldtrip. Hour and a half Discovery Walks consist of a series of activities that engage the students in learning.
Audubon is offering training to provide new and returning volunteers with the skills to lead small groups on Audubon trails and become Trail Guides.
On four Wednesday mornings in April, education staff will teach volunteers how to inspire curiosity about the natural world through age-appropriate activities outdoors. The training will also cover how to work with different ages of children, tips and tricks to keep them on task, fun things to do outside, rainy day plans, and local natural history. Information and skills learned in this training are also useful in other volunteer positions at Audubon.
The 10 a.m. to noon training on Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2017, is required for both new and returning trail guide volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a trail guide and want to learn what it is all about, you can attend the New Trail Guide Orientation on Wednesday, March 29, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Experience with children is helpful, but natural history knowledge is not necessary. For answers to questions or concerns about the requirements, you can call (716) 569-2345 during business hours.
Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite notetaking device and reminded that the training will take place inside and outside. You can enjoy a BYO lunch and optional walk after the training.
Reservations are appreciated by Monday, April 3, 2017: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or click through Attend a Program/Programs and Workshops under Plan Your Visit at auduboncnc.org.
Discovery Walks are made possible in part by the Thomas H. Brown Fund and the Fund for the Region administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
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 visit www.audubonprograms.com/fieldtrips.
Audubon Community Nature Center’s 600-acre wetland preserve with more than five miles of trails is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. Its native tree arboretum, natural play space, educational gardens, and Liberty, the Bald Eagle, can be visited from dawn until dusk daily.
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 ways.