||Every year, we are joined by community
members who volunteer
their time in support of Durango Nature Studies programs. The
Independent Sector, a national organization that tracks the value of volunteer time, estimated that volunteers were worth $18.77 per hour. In 2009 alone, Durango Nature Studies volunteers donated more than 1,965 hours of volunteer time, an in-kind contribution of $36,883. Without volunteers, we couldn't serve as many children as we do.
Do you love beng outside and also helping others learn and appreciate nature? If you are looking for a way to volunteer for Durango Nature Studies that doesn't require a lot of time, but focuses on your interests, becoming a Learning Center Docent at our 140 acre Learning Center is the thing for you. To learn more visit our Docent Page.
If you love children and the out-of-doors, why not become a naturalist guide
for kindergarten through eighth grade children involved in our school programs?
Our award winning volunteer
program requires new volunteers
to attend a 2-3 day training
prior to guiding school
children on nature walks
or snowshoe hikes. During
the training volunteers learn
all that they need
to know in order to be
successful naturalist guides.
Volunteers also receive a
comprehensive training manual.
During the summer, we offer week-long children's daycamps for children ages 8-12. Camps focus on outdoor, hands-on learning at our nature center. Because these camps are staff or contractor led, no special training is required. Assistants follow the lead of the naturalist and help with hikes, games and art projects. Information about daily activities is provided before hand, along with child development and child management information if requested. Call about current opportunities.
Throughout the year, Durango Nature Studies puts on fundraisers, hosts nature films, or participates in area events. We always need volunteers for these, so please call for upcoming events and find out how you can help.
Our office is a busy place and we can always use help with administrative tasks like preparing materials for classroom presentations, membership and program mailings, and distribution of promotional material.
If you don’t mind some physical labor and like the idea of getting some dirt under your fingernails, join us at the 140-acre Durango Nature Center. Various projects are scheduled each spring and fal. We can alsodevelop service learning projects for civic groups and students.
It takes a lot of work to keep our organization running smoothly. If you have a special skill or trade (graphic design, construction or film making, for example) that might benefit Durango Nature Studies, we'd love to hear from you.