RMBO seeks volunteers for naturalist program

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BRIGHTON — Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is looking for volunteers to participate in its Volunteer Naturalist program. 

Volunteers are needed to help RMBO educators teach people of all ages the importance of bird and habitat conservation through interactive classroom programs, field trips and outreach events. Experience in the fields of environmental education or ornithology isn’t necessary to become a volunteer.

Volunteer trainings will be held from Feb. 27 to March 20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at RMBO’s Old Stone House Environmental Learning Center at Barr Lake State Park. Volunteers receive about 40 hours of classroom and in-the-field training in topics including basic ecology, ornithology, teaching techniques and public speaking. 

Volunteers who complete the entire month of training sessions will receive a complimentary registration to Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Teaching OUTSIDE the Box conference from March 20 through March 22 in Denver.

Volunteers must be able to pass a background check, have transportation to and from education sites around the Denver area, especially Brighton, and attend the weekday training sessions starting Feb. 27. 

Those interested in becoming a volunteer can contact School Programs Coordinator Emily Snode at 303-659-4348, ext. 11 or via email at emily.snode@rmbo.org by early February.