WildCare -- Volunteer -- Nature Guides
Terwilliger Nature Guide Volunteers
Learn to Teach About Nature
As a Terwilliger Nature Guide you'll learn Elizabeth Terwilliger's renowned interactive approach to discovering wildlife. A series of workshops provides the basic knowledge and training required to comfortably lead small groups of school children on exploratory adventures of some of Marin and Sonoma’s most beautiful areas.
WildCare’s Terwilliger Nature Guide Training will teach you all about the biology, botany, geology and ecology of Northern California with special emphasis given to teaching techniques appropriate for the age groups with which you will be working.
Joining WildCare as a Terwilliger Nature Guide can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! In addition to gaining great satisfaction from successfully stimulating a child's interest in nature and the environment, you will:
During your training you will learn and practice:
Nature Guide Trainings
The training for the program focuses on local biodiversity and includes topics such as redwood forest ecology, bird identification techniques, spring wildflowers and outdoor teaching methods. The program involves eleven half-day training and field sessions from mid August through the month of September. WildCare Terwilliger Nature Guide graduates commit to leading a minimum of three discovery walks for school children per month.
In addition to class time, trainees are required to accompany experienced Nature Guides on actual Field Trips at least three times at the site of their choice.
There is a $105 fee for Terwilliger Nature Guide training which includes the training materials as well as a year’s membership to WildCare.
Once you have completed training, Nature Guides are asked to commit to three 3-hour hikes a month, September through June. All hikes take place on weekday mornings during the school year, and you will be scheduled in advance.
Being a Nature Guide is a great opportunity to share your joy, knowledge and enthusiasm for nature with children!
Four Sites to Choose From
You will choose a site to specialize in:
For more information or to sign up please contact Jessica Grace-Gallagher, Volunteer Services Manager at 415-453-1000 x21 or firstname.lastname@example.org