Information for Volunteers

Four Winds' Nature Program provides monthly two-hour natural science workshops for adults interested in sharing their love of nature with school children. Following these volunteer training workshops, teams of volunteers go into the K-6 classrooms for 1 - 1 1/2 hours a month to teach children. With engaging indoor and outdoor activities and explorations, adults give young students an opportunity to study nature in their own schoolyard and neighborhood. Children learn important science concepts and practice science skills such as asking questions, making observations, recording data, and communicating information.

2014-15 Nature Program Enrollment Form

NSTA Policy Statement on Parent Involvement in Science Education

The Nature Program examines five key science standards through monthly workshops, each of which address that year's concept.

Generally, schools participate in six to eight workshops per year. For individual schools in Vermont and New Hampshire's Upper Valley area, the tuition for each of these options is:

  • 8 monthly volunteer training workshops per year  ..... $3475;
  • 7 monthly volunteer training workshops per year  ..... $3100;
  • 6 monthly volunteer training workshops per year  ..... $2680.

We do serve schools outside of this area. Please contact Four Winds for more information about bringing The Nature Program to your community.


Smaller schools are encouraged to partner with neighboring schools to share training workshops. Though the total cost increases in order to cover additional materials and administration, the cost to individual schools is reduced. For two schools sharing eight workshops the total cost is $4,060, or $2,030 per school if shared evenly; for 3 schools sharing the eight workshops the total cost is $4620.  Schools may divide the total cost evenly among the partners or apportion according to the number of students served by the program.

Though we recommend that each school provide eight workshops per school year, schools may choose to sign up for fewer workshops, if necessary. Click here for a complete 2014-15 Four Winds Nature Program fees matrix.

For some fundraising ideas to support the Nature Program in your school, click here.


2014-15 Nature Program Enrollment Form

Fundraising Ideas for the Nature Program

Nature Program Flier

Nature Journal templates - see concepts below

End of Year Certificate for students (also see concepts)

Volunteer Information Packet

Program Manual

Tips for Teaching Outside

Welcome Letter for Classroom Teachers

Classroom Teacher Feedback for Volunteers

Schoolyard Habitat Improvement mini-grant program

Back to the Nature Program

Nature Program Concepts:

Structure and Function

Patterns of Similarities

Cycles in Nature


Earth & the Environment