Volunteer

Like to play outdoors? Ever wanted to create a positive impact with children and the environment?

Whole Earth Nature School’s Nature Volunteer Program is an excellent opportunity to make a difference by sharing your passion of nature connection with kids.

In order to make our nature camps that much more meaningful we are looking for passionate individuals like you to dedicate your time and energy to our Summer Nature Camps, after-school programs, or special events and programs.

Next Volunteer Information Night:

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

7:00pm-8:00pm

Location: 150 Shelton McMurphey Blvd. Eugene, 97401. Upstairs Community Room.

Volunteering through Sam's eyes:

“I have so much darn fun, it’s ridiculous.”

Can I Volunteer?

Any adult 18 and over and teens 16-17 years of age.  We have a variety of commitment levels to fit your schedule and skill level. There is no need for specific naturalist education or teacher certification though we always welcome people with specific skills or training. Take a look at our volunteer position descriptions to see what would be the best fit for you.

Position Descripitions:

Assistant to lead instructor.

Position needs:

  • Have prior experience leading/teaching groups of children
  • Capable of leading group activities/games
  • Have child management experience
  • Comfortable with managing a group of 12 if lead instructor is busy
  • Ability to take direction from camp director or lead instructor
  • Can commit to entire week of camp
  • Ability to walk, hike, and move easily 6+ hours in the woods
    Responsible for co-teaching a group for one full week

Supporting entire camp.

Position needs:

  • Flexible commitment
  • Ability to walk, hike, and move easily 6+ hours in the woods
  • Comfortable working one on one with children
  • Offer assistance to lead/assistant instructors
  • Assist camp director with projects and errands
  • Be the 3rd adult in a group
  • One on one support for children with challenges
  • Assist with morning and end of day games
  • Will step in as assistant in cases where other volunteers are absent

Help campers feel welcome and included.

Position needs:

  • Commit to morning, afternoon or both shifts
  • Approaches campers when dropped off to bring to game, nature table etc
  • Spend one on one time with shy children during drop off
  • Manage nature table and connect with kids
  • Help kids get signed out at end of day
  • Manage and play end of day game
  • Help with Friday potluck set-up and assist with games during transition

Person with a specific skill.

Bring a certain skill that pertains to camp:

  • storytelling
  • survival skills
  • plant knowledge
  • character/actor

Smaller commitments – hours or a day

For teens 13-17 we have a Leadership opportunities at our summer camps, overnight programs, afterschool programs, and Coyote Outdoor School.

Can i intern?

Students from universities or community colleges are welcome to intern with us and receive credit! Interns may develop:

  • Wilderness skills (i.e. friction fire, archery, plant ID, shelter building, etc.)
  • New ways to connect and listen to nature
  • Gain experience working with and teaching children
  • Coyote mentoring skills
  • Development and Fundraising experience
  • Nonprofit management techniques 
  • Grant writing experience
  • Administrative and other “behind the scenes” peak into the inner workings of a nonprofit organization

What Will I Learn?

Volunteering through us gives you access to free training in the world of nature experience education. You may learn:

  • Wilderness skills (i.e. friction fire, archery, plant ID, shelter building, etc.)
  • New ways to connect and listen to nature
  • Gain experience working with and teaching children
  • Coyote mentoring skills
  • Learn nature games and songs
  • Integrate our teachings into your life and family
  • For you certified teachers, you will learn nature activities and lessons to bring back to the classroom!

What Can I do?

Join us once a week for outdoor exploration and adventure in our Coyote Kids! after-school nature camp. Students are guided by our highly trained instructors through games, skills trainings & experiences which nurture their connection with the earth. Every semester we focus on one of our four nature learning pathways, and every semester is unique, year after year. 

We offer programs and events throughout the entire year. Our biggest need is for summer nature camp volunteer instructors and support, but we also need support with our after-school and home school programs during the school year

Programs you can support:

  • Summer Nature Camps
  • Spring and Winter Break Camps
  • Coyote Kids! After School Programs
  • Acorn Home School Program
  • Fox Den Family Nature Night
  • Various public events

How do I sign Up?

You will need to:
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Sign waiver and release form
  • Mini interview (in person or on the phone)
  • Participate in our free 4 hour volunteer training
  • Be responsible for your time commitment (we rely on you like any staff member)

To begin the process: