Do you like working with kids? Do you want to learn more about nature? The Warren County Conservation District (WCCD) is holding a "Teacher Naturalist" training beginning May 4 and continuing every Saturday until June 8. Attendees will have Memorial Day weekend off. The classroom session of each topic will be taught from 9 to 11 a.m., and the corresponding outdoor class will be taught from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants should take a packed lunch.
Classroom sessions will be taught at the WCCD office located at 210 North Drive, Suite E, at the State Hospital Grounds in North Warren. Locations of outdoor classes will change depending on the topic.
Session topics will include agriculture, soils, forestry, water and wildlife. Despite the term "teacher naturalist," participants don't have to be teachers to participate, nor do they need a degree in environmental studies. All they need is a love of learning, nature and a desire to inspire youngsters to learn about, and take care of, this marvelous planet that is our home.
WCCD will expect volunteers who complete this training to help with summer conservation camps held the second and third weeks of July. There also will be an opportunity to learn about the classroom education programs which are available to local schools.
Criminal background and child abuse checks will be required, at a cost of $20. Once participants have dedicated 15 hours of volunteer time to WCCD summer camps they will be reimbursed the $20. Those who want to participate in this worthwhile volunteer program should contact Jean Gomory at 726-1441; for more information go to www.wcconservation.net.