Without volunteers, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary would not be able to accommodate the more than 3,000 schoolchildren who visit every spring.
The Audubon's education staff members will host trail guide training from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 10, to train those who lead the school field trips. Volunteers will learn more about the trails, what it takes to lead a class of children along them and the natural history found there. After a brief presentation indoors about the protocols and procedures for a Discovery Walk, the naturalists will walk you along the most popular routes of the walks. They will share activities, information and hints to make the walk go smoothly.
While this training is designed for new trail guide volunteers, experienced guides are welcome as well.
Only with the help of volunteer field guides is the Audubon Center & Sanctuary able to welcome more than 3,000 schoolchildren on field trips in the spring. On Wednesday, April 10, Audubon’s education staff will offer training for volunteers. On the Discovery Walk pictured above, the children and their guides are trying to quietly sneak up on the turtle in the pond.
Participants are reminded to dress for the weather as most of the program will be outdoors. Participants are invited to stay for a catered lunch and an optional hike afterward to learn more about what's happening in nature in early spring.
Reservations for lunch are required by Monday, April 8, by calling 569-2345, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the online form by following the links from Audubon's home page at jamestownaudubon.org.
For more information about what being a trail guide entails, visit the Trail Guide Training website at trailguidetraining.wordpress.com or call Jennifer at 569-2345.
Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, the Holmberg Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Johnson Foundation.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.