Become a Volunteer Naturalist

Volunteering with Durango Nature Studies is a great way to learn hands-on activities that teach kids about nature and science. Volunteers learn curriculum to teach all Durango students in grades K through 8, plus many school groups from surrounding areas.  Once completed, you will join countless alumni who are fully qualified to lead nature-based, science field trips for kids at our Nature Center or on snowshoes at Haviland Lake.

People join our program for many reasons:  some feel this is the career they never followed; some are people getting experience for their future; some need class credit; some are retired and looking for a way to give back.  Regardless, the training and materials you will receive through either our free spring, winter, or fall trainings will enrich your career and your life.

Here is What Some of our Many Volunteers Have Said About Their Experience

“The children will benefit from fun nature games and meaningful discussions about nature. I volunteered to assist youth knowledge, experience and appreciation for nature. I benefited from the children s appreciation and the friendly volunteers and staff of DNS. It is a beautiful land.”

“I learned great games, behavior management techniques and lots of nature facts that made me feel like a pro naturalist. Kids responded well to the rhythm of DNS hikes.”

“If you enjoy being outside and like connecting with children, volunteer. Our society has turned its back in many ways from day to day interaction with animals, plants and weather, in exchange for plastic, glass and technology. These kids are getting this wonderful exposure. Hopefully some of it will stick.”

“If potential volunteers are interested in ecology, wildlife and plants, they will benefit, as well as introduce young kids to nature (some of who would ordinarily not get the experience from class or parents). Personally, I felt it was one of the highlights of my life experiences (at 69).”

“I’ve always wanted to teach children about nature and this program gave me the tangible opportunity to do that, without having to get a teaching degree!”

“The CDN training gives you a solid background in local natural history, working with children in a field setting and managing a group, all in a supportive atmosphere with other motivated adults who care about nature and kids.”



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