COLORADO SPRINGS — If you enjoy being around nature and you want to grow as an educational leader, Bear Creek Nature Center has plenty of volunteer opportunities available, and they could use some extra help with so many school field trips around the corner.
As long as you're 18 years and older, can pass a background check, and have a love for nature, chances are you'll make a great addition.
"Our volunteers are absolutely crucial to our mission," said Mary Jo Lewis, the supervisor at Bear Creek Nature Center.
"We have hundreds of students coming in from local schools, and our volunteers really help us connect those children to nature."
"The rewards are amazing," added Paula Megorden, volunteer consultant with Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers.
"You come and work with children, as you see them coming in the nature centers, and their eyes pop," she explained.
"They go out on the trails, they see a heron, they see - maybe a deer. They j see all kinds of animals and things going on in the natural world for them it's a great life-changing experience."
The volunteers receive extensive training before they conduct any field trips, and they learn the best ways to teach children about nature.
Even if you're younger than 18 years old, there's still some opportunities for you to volunteer in different capacities around the center.
So be sure to make your way to the nature center, and fill out an application if you're interested.
You can also find conact information and volunteer application forms here.
Volunteers are added on a rolling basis.