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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.

  • 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.
  • 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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Would you like to have a Great Volunteer Experience?

ON Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am Please join all the great volunteers & staff for Filoli New Volunteer Recruitment at the Filoli Visitor and Education Center. Come and meet new friends and learn about all of the many ways to support this national treasure. There are MANY ways to help, and you’ll be able to ask questions and find a time/position that is perfect for YOU!

I fell in love with Filoli and became a nature education volunteer. The training was incredible, I love working with the kids and coming to Paradise every two weeks, is a great way to spend my limited free time. It is well worth it!

Please RSVP by Friday, May 11, 2012 by email to volunteer@filoli.org Watch the video below to learn more about Filoli Volunteers and the many ways that they serve.