What’s your 2018 New Year’s Resolution? Join a team of environmental stewards at Columbia Springs! We have many exciting volunteer opportunities. Read below about two upcoming opportunities in January and February.

MLK Jr. Day of Service | Monday, January 15th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Get 2018 started right by helping us maintain our recreational and educational facilities, all while having fun! This welcoming and relaxed volunteer experience features projects of every kind: planting and caring for native plants, invasive species removal, trail maintenance, construction, and more. We end the day with an activity; previous activities have included planting flower seeds to take home, weaving baskets from English ivy, building bird feeders, and guided hatchery tours.

Kids must be age 7 or older to participate. Kids under age 16 must have a parent/guardian with them to volunteer. Kids ages 16-17 must have a parent/guardian sign them in at the beginning of the event. You can sign up by simply sending us an email indicating your interest and number of people who will be joining you. Email us at volunteering@columbiasprings.org.

Become a Volunteer Docent or Volunteer Lead!

In February of 2018, Columbia Springs will begin training new volunteers for two different volunteer positions — the Volunteer Lead and the Volunteer Docent.

Volunteer Lead training will be held at Columbia Springs on Saturday, February 3rd & Saturday February 10th, 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (two sessions total). Volunteer Leads are trained to do exactly what their title says, Lead! Volunteer Leads can lead volunteer crews during habitat restoration projects, host activities at our events, conduct outreach to their community, and assist with elementary field trips. This volunteer position is great for individuals looking to dig into the work at Columbia Springs and gain experience in a variety of programs.

Volunteer Docent training sessions will meet each Saturday, February 3 — March 31 (excluding March

24), 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at Columbia Springs (eight sessions total). A Docent is defined as someone who acts as an educational guide. At Columbia Springs, Volunteers Docents are trained so that they can host activities, guide tours, and put together environmentally focused educational demonstrations at Columbia Springs’ 100-acre natural area. In addition, Volunteer Docents can do everything a Volunteer Lead can – but more! If you are looking to gain experience as an environmental educator, tour guide, or interpretive naturalist then this training program is a great opportunity for you!

Both programs offer many rewards to those participating including exclusive events, training and professional development opportunities, and of course, fun! For full program descriptions and applications, go to www.columbiasprings.org/volunteer and apply! Contact our Volunteer Manager at 360-882-0936 ext. 222 or email volunteering@columbiasprings.org with questions.

Happy volunteering!

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