Information for Volunteers
Four Winds' Nature Program offers 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.
The Nature Program examines five key science standards, with monthly workshops each addressing that year's concept.
Generally, schools participate in six or eight workshops per year. For individual schools in Vermont and New Hampshire's Upper Valley area the tuition for each of these options is:
- 6 monthly volunteer training workshops per year ..... $2600;
- 8 monthly volunteer training workshops per year ..... $3395.
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 share workshops. Though the total cost per workshop increases in order to cover the cost of additional materials and administration, the cost to individual schools is reduced. For 2 schools sharing eight workshops the total cost is $3950, or $1,975 per school if shared evenly; for 3 schools sharing the eight workshops the total cost is $4500. 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 2013-14 Four Winds Nature Program fees matrix.
For some fundraising ideas to support the Nature Program in your school, click here.
Nature Journal templates - see concepts below
End of Year Certificate for students (also see concepts)
Nature Program Concepts: