Information for volunteers 

Open the on-line book Nearby Nature

Information for schools

Resources for teachers

Schoolyard Habitat Mini-grants

Nearby Nature our online publication holds a treasure trove of natural science lessons and explorations designed to get children and adults outside learning together in every season.


Hands-on learning for elementary school children.

The Nature Program offers monthly two-hour natural science workshops for adult volunteers eager to share nearby nature with school children. Each workshop includes natural science information, indoor and outdoor activities, plus plenty of joy and wonder. With over 40 lessons, we divide our program into five year-long courses of study, each focusing on a different key science standard.

Each school has two Volunteer Coordinators who act as the liaison between the education staff at Four Winds and the volunteers, teachers, school administrators, and the community at large. Volunteers work in teams of two or more to bring classrooms of children outside each month to look, discover, and learn.


It is the dedication of volunteers – their time and energy – that makes these programs happen.

Why become a Nature Program volunteer? You get to learn 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 really fun!

Volunteer Information

Become a Volunteer

You can also download these volunteer recruitment fliers to share and post throughout your community.


Visit our Resources page for resources, teacher units, school fundraising ideas, and other content to help you address key learning standards and performance expectations in your classrooms and communities.

Get inspired by our program success infographic.