Critically Important Volunteers

Training for trail guides at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary will be held Thursday, April 10.

“These folks are so generous in sharing their time and themselves for the important work of connecting children to nature,” said Jennifer Schlick, Audubon program director. “Without these critically important volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to accommodate the more than 3,000 schoolchildren who visit every spring. And their impact lasts a long time.”

Trail guides assist with discovery walks during the busy spring season. Guides take a walk in the woods, notice the flowers, watch a frog by the pond and listen to the birds while offering a service and earning the staff’s appreciation. Those interested are invited to come to Audubon for the Trail Guide Training & Refresher on Thursday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Audubon’s naturalists will teach participants more about the trails, what it takes to lead a class of children along them and the natural history found there. After a brief presentation indoors about the protocols and procedures for a Discovery Walk, they will guide participants along the most popular routes of the walks. They will share activities, information and hints to make the walk go smoothly.

The program is appropriate for both new and established trail guides.

A catered lunch will be provided midway through the program that includes a natural history hike in the afternoon. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather as most of the program will be outdoors. To learn more about being a volunteer trail guide, visit trailguidetraining.wordpress.com. Reservations are required by Monday by calling 569-2345, emailing info@jamestownaudubon.org or using the online form by following the links from Audubon’s home page at jamestownaudubon.org.

Audubon field trips are made possible in part by a grant from the Reg and Betty Lenna Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Audubon education programs are funded with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, the Holmberg Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Johnson Foundation.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call 569-2345 or visit audubonprograms.com/fieldtrips.