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Learn About Being an Audubon Trail Guide on Wednesday, March 29
Learn About Being an Audubon Trail Guide on Wednesday, March 29

Jamestown, NY – With more than 3,000 schoolchildren visiting every spring, the Audubon Community Nature Center needs 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 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 29, 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 like this is a good fit, you should 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 elementary 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 appreciated by Monday, March 27, 2017: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or click through Attend a Program/Programs and Workshops under Plan Your Visit at auduboncnc.org.

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

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.

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