Volunteer Naturalist Training Program

Volunteer docents lead groups of third-grade students from Meadows Elementary School on a nature hike at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall in 2012. Dan Watson/Signal

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center Presents its Annual Volunteer Naturalist Training Program. No special background needed, just a willingness to attend training and to volunteer at least twice a month. Make a difference in your community by learning about the natural environment and then teaching children about nature.

Training Starts Tuesday January 10. Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall (1½ miles east of the 14 freeway).

Volunteer-Naturalists attend a 9-week training program. Topics include native plants, ecology, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, geology, history, and interpretive techniques. Instructors include noted professionals in the various fields. The cost of the training is $45 which includes all training materials (instruction manual, field guide, T-shirt, and related items.) Minimum age for Volunteer-Naturalists is 18. Visit their website (placerita.org) for further information regarding the Volunteer-Naturalist program.

Other volunteer opportunities are also available at Placerita Canyon Natural Area that don’t require the 9-week training program, such as office helper and trail maintenance team member. Bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers are especially needed. For further information call or visit: Placerita Canyon Natural Area, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, 661-259-7721, www.placerita.org.

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