Whidbey Watershed Stewards at the Outdoor Classroom is deeply excited to continue providing environmental education lessons to children in grades K-5 on Whidbey Island and beyond this Fall. This season’s program is titled Fascinating Food Webs and includes three exciting activities that explore the importance of producers, consumers and decomposers in our ecosystem.
We are expecting big things at the Outdoor Classroom this year, but we need your help to provide these lessons this Fall! By becoming a Volunteer Instructor or Volunteer Assistant you can help change the life of a child by sharing your passion, excitement and knowledge of the natural environment, with no formal teaching experience needed. This year we are introducing new volunteer roles at the Outdoor Classroom. As a Volunteer Instructor you will act as the lead teacher, guiding students through the activity using our lesson plans. As a Volunteer Assistant you will act in a supporting role, assisting the lead Volunteer Instructor with timekeeping, material collection, and engaging students during the lesson. Being a volunteer is informative, exciting and flexible. You can decide what days you would like to volunteer and which grade and topic level you would like to instruct. A typical instructor shift runs from 9:00-1:00pm on any weekday that a class has signed up to visit. This season will run from September 19th- November 10th. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors, working in teams of instructors is always encouraged!
Both first-year and returning volunteers are asked to attend one Volunteer Instructor and Assistant Training day at the Outdoor Classroom. This year our training dates are SEPTEMBER 13th, and SEPTEMBER 15th. Each training session runs from 9:00am-2:30pm, with beverages, and lunch provided. These sessions are designed to provide you with all the lesson plans, tips and skills needed to be a successful instructor. During a training session members of our Education Committee will run through demonstrations of each lesson, allowing time to answer any questions and give their personal tips from years of instructing experience. Volunteers will leave with a physical copy of the lessons, daily schedules, checklists and WWS policies for reference. These trainings are also a great way to meet new members of the community, and engage with our Education Committee at Whidbey Watershed Stewards.
To sign up for a Training Session please visit the signup.com link (https://signup.com/go/pVisPBp). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or are interested in becoming a volunteer but may not be available to attend either of the Training Session dates.
Thank you for your time, I can’t wait to meet our Fall Team of Volunteers!
WWS are in need of volunteer instructors for this upcoming Fall 2022 session. The training is scheduled for September 13 and 15 and we want to have a robust group of volunteers as possible. This year we are advertising for instructors and assistant instructors, as we have found that some people are reluctant to sign up as they think they have to tackle the instructing by themselves or would only sign up if they could assist, or at least assist until they are comfortable. Instructing the kids is actually fun and so amazing. Plus, a person does not have to learn to instruct all three elements of the sessions, but get comfortable with just one and is not expected to instruct every day … why we need a good group of volunteers. Please reach out to either Shelby or myself if you or anyone in your organization has any questions.
Barbara Lavaty, Interim President, Whidbey Watershed Stewards
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