Plant a seed of knowledge…. Enrich the lives of others and bring our natural world to life for eager learners of all ages. Volunteers help to engage students and visitors during school field trips, special events, and environmental programs. Volunteers help at weekday or evening/weekend programs both outdoors at Conservation Areas and indoors at the Education Centers. Programs are held for all ages and a wide range of seasonal subjects including natural history, wildlife, hiking, astronomy, seasonal sightings, historical crafts, outdoor recreation, and sustainability.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum age 14; a registered District volunteer; physically capable of carrying out the duties of their position; responsible, reliable and available at the times required by the position.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: In most cases, no prior experience is necessary. Training will be provided. Special opportunities to lead programs are available for experienced teachers.
TIME COMMITMENT & SCHEDULE: Opportunities exist weekdays, evenings, and weekends year-round. Quarterly Gatherings are held four times a year to provide Education volunteers with an occasion to socialize, sign up to volunteer for upcoming programs, and receive special training or enjoy a feature presentation.
LOCATION: Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake; Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Ringwood; and Conservation Sites throughout McHenry County.
For additional information about Education Volunteer opportunities, contact Deb Chapman, Education Services Manager at (815) 479-5779 or Dchapman@MCCDistrict.org
EDUCATION VOLUNTEER POSITIONS: Volunteers have the flexibility to choose positions based on their interests, experience and available time
Public Program and Special Event Assistants
Volunteers assist staff with a wide range of indoor or outdoor educational programs held for youth and adult audiences on weekdays and weekends.
School Outreach Program Assistant or Leader
Assist staff in delivering educational programs in classrooms throughout McHenry County.
School Field Trip Assistant or Leader
Help present programs to school children at District sites.
Bilingual Spanish/English Translator
Assist staff in translating presentations or written material.
Program Materials Preparation Specialists
Do you enjoy crafts? Work from home or at Prairieview Education Center cutting, gluing, sewing, or otherwise helping to prepare the visual props used in education programs.
Lost Valley Ventures Program Leader
Lead a Saturday afternoon drop-in children’s program at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park.
Cultural History Volunteers
Dress in period garb to interpret historical lifeways and crafts events at programs and special events.
Prairieview Education Center Receptionist
Help staff the Prairieview Education Center front desk. Greet visitors and perform basic office work. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age
Minimum age 18 and must own a GPS unit. Assist in the placement and maintenance of caches for Geotours.