Seattle Audubon seeks volunteers for school nature program

Seattle Audubon is seeking volunteer leaders for the Spring 2013 Finding Urban Nature Program (FUN). The program aims to introduce elementary school children to their own school-yard habitats and teach them about important nature concerns.

The program will be introduced at Ballard’s own Adams Elementary and will also be held at BF Day Elementary and Greenwood Elementary.

FUN will comprise of four, one-hour lessons, over the course of four weeks in April. Each lesson is set to take about one hour per classroom, with Seattle Audubon aiming for two classrooms participating each day per school. Volunteer leaders will work with small groups of five to seven students at a time in engaging lessons in an outdoor environment.

Previous volunteers have commented on the high quality of the program content and its benefits to students’ understanding of science. “The program is amazing. The kids love it. The methodology really enables the children who are tactile and visual learners to comprehend their sciences studies in a more connected and concert manner,” said a previous volunteer.

Applications are now open for volunteers. To apply you must be over 18 years old and must be able to commit to approximately 2 – 3 hours a week for  four consecutive weeks, plus a 3 ½ hour volunteer training (training will be held this Saturday, March 23). Volunteer leaders will be assigned to a Seattle Public School, the school location being dependent on when the volunteer is available. A background check will also be required.

Applicants with an interest in working with students in an engaging, fun, outdoor environment are encouraged to apply.

For more information check out the program flyer here and click here to see the position description.

If you are interested in applying contact Seattle Audubon Volunteer & Earthcare Northwest Coordinator Marieke Stientjes Rack at

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