JAMESTOWN - Without their critically important volunteers, the Audubon Center & Sanctuary would not be able to accommodate the more than 3,000 schoolchildren who visit every spring.
Audubon's Education Staff invites community members to become these vitally needed trail guides who assist with Discovery Walks during this busy season. While they take walks in the woods, notice the flowers, watch a frog by the pond, and listen to the birds, they will be offering a wonderful service and earning the staff's great appreciation.
Those interested are invited to come to Audubon on Wednesday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to noon to meet with Audubon's naturalists and learn how much fun it can be to help young students explore nature, overcoming their fears and misconceptions.
On the Discovery Walk pictured here, the children and their guides are trying to quietly sneak up on the turtle in the pond.
Attendees 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 the group 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.
Participants are reminded to dress for the weather as most of the program will be outdoors. Everyone is invited to stay for a catered lunch and an optional hike afterward to learn more about what's happening in nature in early spring.
To RSVP for lunch, by Monday, April 8, call 569-2345, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the on-line form by following the links from Audubon's home page at jamestownaudubon.org.
To learn more 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.