Be a Docent for Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Help educate the next generation of environmental stewards!
Join one of the leading providers of environmental education in Santa Cruz County as a volunteer docent at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.
Teach intimate groups of elementary students in our museum, and/or out in the field at Neary Lagoon or Pogonip. Lead kids through inquiry-based learning in discovering the importance of natural history right here in Santa Cruz County. Program topics include wetlands, watersheds, Native Americans, animal adaptations, and more.
No teaching experience required!
Join us on Thursday, January 11, for a New Docent Training at the museum. The training will go from 9:00-12:00, and include shadowing a school program. Light morning refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 9-- Or Express Interest in this project below.
Museum Programs Docent
Programs: Ohlone Program (K-4th grade), Our Animal Neighbors (K-2nd grade) Description: Facilitate students in investigating Museum exhibits, artifacts, and specimens through inquiry-based learning curriculum. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here.
Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives. Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, anthropology, working with children, storytelling, Ohlone culture, animal biology and ecology, wildlife biology. Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available Wednesday-Friday, 8:45 – 10:15am or 10:45am – 12:15pm
Field Programs Docent
Programs: Wetland Walk (3rd grade), Nature Rangers (4th grade), Watershed Walk (5th grade)
Description: Lead students in exploring their natural surroundings and the life within them by facilitating making observations and recording data. Programs are held outdoors at Pogonip or Neary Lagoon. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here. Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives and collect data. Ensure student safety.
Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, geology, biology, ecology, wetlands, birding, hiking, working with children, outdoor education, watersheds, water quality.
Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available Wednesdays and Friday, 8:45 – 12:15pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 – 11:15 am.
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**This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.
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