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.
Why become a Nature Program volunteer?! You get to learn lots about nearby nature with other community members and be a part of the local school community. Kids love the program and will thank you for being a volunteer. Plus, It’s fun!
The Nature Program lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards, complementing the science curriculum in our schools. Plus kids love having volunteers as co-learners and guest presenters.
Generally, schools participate in six to eight workshops per year. So kids get some time outside exploring and learning throughout the year and in all seasons. The workshop dates and classroom presentations are scheduled ahead so it’s easy to work this volunteer time into busy schedules.
- Nature Program Flier
- Volunteer Information Packet
- Program Manual
- Being Outside With Children
- Classroom Teacher Feedback for Volunteers
- Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core
- Engaging Children in Science Practices
- Fundraising Ideas for the Nature Program
- End of Year Certificate for students (also see concepts)