For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Patty Donald, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, (510) 981-6720

NATURE CENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Come help kids learn about the natural world around us!

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, September 15, 2010) - Do you enjoy exploring with children in the outdoors and helping them to discover and appreciate their natural environment? If you get excited investigating the beach, riding in a boat on the bay, peering under docks and rocks for animal life, or bird watching from the pier, the City of Berkeley Marina Volunteer Program could be for you!  

We are looking for people who can make a long-term commitment to teaching children about the Bay. This experience has led many of our volunteers into fantastic jobs in environmental education and teaching. Retired individuals find a community of friends while doing something they enjoy. All you need are the desire to actively participate, as well as a love for children and the outdoors.

This unique docent program, established 25 years ago, is designed to train volunteers to assist Naturalists in teaching the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area to children ages 5 years to 18 years.  Our environmental education programs include Low Tide Walks, Research Boat and Sailing Programs, Summer Marine Biology and Boating Programs. We have taught our unique programs to over 120,000 children and adults in the past 31 years.

Docent training sessions cover such topics as: Quacks, Quakes and Conquistadors, The Bay Today, Straw Bale Building, How To Have Fun Teaching Children Creatively, Seashore Secrets, Mud Glorious Mud, Bay Scientist- ME?, Animals With No Eyeballs, Sailing Take Me Away!, and Working on a Boat on the Bay. Each session includes presentations, discussions, and hands-on experience focusing on each of the local estuarine environments: rocky shore, intertidal zone, dock, pier and open water. Learn how to teach about Green Building. Our office and visitors' center, an environmentally sensitive building, is made out of straw bales and recycled wood products. It also features passive and active solar and a windmill. After completing each set of trainings, docents assist in teaching programs. 

WHO: You!
WHAT: Assist in teaching about the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area
WHEN: Training takes place Thursday and Friday mornings, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., fromOctober 14, 2010 to March 2011. There are two Saturday boat trainings. We ask docents for a 14 hour per month commitment, which includes training and assisting with programs.
WHERE:  Trainings sessions will take place in the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave. at the Berkeley Marina.

Training is on-going, and we encourage new people at any time. For more information and details on dates and times, check out our web site at  http://www.cityofberkeley.info/marina. To speak to someone personally, please call (510) 981-6720.

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