Docent Training – Taking Kids out in Nature

Would you love to share nature with children? Training is available from several amazing agencies (Mid Peninsula Open Space District) and groups like Filoli.org.

From Diane West-Bourke: Many of you have heard me talk about the “Spaces & Species” program that MidPen has for 3rd-to-5th grade school kids. It is a terrific program that needs new docents so that we can offer more classes the opportunity to spend a day in the woods.

Basic requirements for the docents are:

  • That you want to introduce kids to nature. For many of the classes, it may be their first exposure (sad but true!).
  • That you are available on Tuesdays or Thursdays during the spring and fall sessions.

Here is the “job description” from the MidPen web page:

Outdoor Education Leader-
Training starts soon, please submit an interest form NOW to receive an application along with additional details.

Orientation: Tuesday, January 8, 2012 (Date and time to be confirmed)
Training: Tuesday, January 15, 22, 29 & February 5, 12
(10:00am- 3:00pm)

An Outdoor Education Leader works as part of a team with small groups of 3rd-5th graders on a field trip (offered to schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the spring and fall of each year) to the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve and the David C. Daniels Nature Center.

Duties
  • Using the District’s unique “Spaces & Species” curriculum, teach children about the natural world, providing opportunities for experiential learning (including a one mile easy-to-moderate hike) while fostering a fun atmosphere for discovery and exploration.
Training
  • A 6-session weekday training is generally offered twice per year as interest is generated. (See upcoming training dates above)

If you are interested click on [Submit Interest Form] and/or contact Renée Fitzsimons at docent@openspace.org.

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