Youth Education

VOLUNTEER YOUTH EDUCATORS

Through their enthusiasm and guidance, volunteer educators make science fun and meaningful for kids! You will play a key role in giving our young visitors first-hand nature experiences, environmental lessons, and plenty of time to explore.

You are not required to have teaching experience or an environmental science background–just plenty of energy and enthusiasm! We will provide all the lesson plans, materials, training, shadowing, and support you need.

School Field Trips: On Tuesdays – Fridays from 9am-12:30pm, volunteers will lead groups of students (ages ECE-6th grade) around Bluff Lake while discussing a variety of environmental education topics. Volunteers will need to be able to give a presentation to 15-35 students and chaperones; supervise kids and patiently answer their questions; work outside in all types of weather; stay on their feet for 2-3 hours; and walk up to 1 mile on easy to moderate terrain. Additional tasks will include an orientation session, familiarizing yourself with the programming, and regular communication with Bluff Lake staff about scheduling.

*Due to the training required to get you started, we strongly prefer that field trip volunteers can commit to at least one morning per week for an entire school semester.

Girl Scout Field Trips: On select Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons (depending on need), volunteers will help lead field trips for girl scout troops ages ECE-6th grade. Scouts will explore Bluff Lake, learn about nature, and play games or make crafts as they earn their badges. Volunteers will need to be able to help supervise the scouts and patiently answer their questions; work outside in all types of weather; stay on their feet for 2-3 hours; and walk up to 1 mile on easy to moderate terrain. Additional tasks will include an orientation session, familiarizing yourself with the programming, and regular communication with Bluff Lake staff about scheduling.

Family Nature Adventure Days: On the last Saturday of each month during March-September from 8am-11am, volunteers will help lead educational booths for kids and families at Bluff Lake. Each Family Day has its own environmental theme, and activities will include science lessons, scavenger hunts, crafts, and even animal encounters! Volunteers will need to be able to patiently answer kids’ questions and assist them with crafts; chat with adult visitors; and sit or stand in a variety of weather conditions for up to 3 hours. Additional responsibilities will include communicating with staff about scheduling and familiarizing yourself with the programming.

Apply Here to become an education volunteer! Please be aware that we will perform a background and reference check. For more information, contact Bluff Lake Education Manager Heidi Pfeiffer at heidi@blufflake.org.