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Thank you for your interest in our FREE Volunteer Naturalist Training. Our training is a great way to learn hands-on activities that teach kids about nature as well as the science of flora, fauna, and natural history of the area. Once completed, you will join countless alumni who are fully qualified to lead nature-based, science field trips for kids.
After your training, we ask that you lead 3-5 nature walks for small groups of elementary and middle school students during the season of your training. These nature walks are designed for the 3,000 K-8 school students and their teachers who participate in the Children Discovering Nature (CDN) or Exploring Science in Nature (ESN) programs each year.
Walks take place from 8:30-noon, each September/October and again in April/May. The walks are at the Durango Nature Center located fifteen minutes south of Durango amidst 140 acres along the Florida River (Driving Directions).
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Here is what some of our recent volunteers say!
"If you enjoy being outside and like connecting with children, volunteer. Our society has turned its back in many ways from day to day interaction with animals, plants and weather, in exchange for plastic, glass and technology. These kids are getting this wonderful exposure. Hopefully some of it will stick."
"If potential volunteers are interested in ecology, wildlife and plants, they will benefit, as well as introduce young kids to nature (some of who would ordinarily not get the experience from class or parents). Personally, I felt it was one of the highlights of my life experiences (at 69)."
"I've always wanted to teach children about nature and this program gave me the tangible opportunity to do that, without having to get a teaching degree!"
"The CDN training gives you a solid background in local natural history, working with children in a field setting and managing a group, all in a supportive atmosphere with other motivated adults who care about nature and kids."
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