Volunteer Educator Opportunities
Master Naturalists are highly trained volunteer educators who share their knowledge and experience with the community. As a Master Naturalist you will experience beautiful natural areas while you learn how to lead fun, hands-on field trips. An intensive training session of about 70 hours is offered each spring.
Previously certified Master Naturalists have said:
"I feel fortunate to have been exposed to your wonderful program."
"I wish the training wasn't over!"
"Excellent program! It has far exceeded my expectations."
"I just love giving programs to the school groups - the support of the Natural Areas staff is fantastic, and the feedback from the children makes my day."
Master Naturalist Training
After a fun, active training program, Master Naturalist volunteers lead activities that connect people of all ages to natural areas. The training is held each spring. If you are interested in learning when 2019 training dates and application deadlines are posted, please contact Sue Kenney, Natural Areas Education Coordinator c2tlbm5leUBmY2dvdi5jb20= or 970-224-6118 or complete a general volunteer application (you must login or create an account in Engage).
Master Naturalist Training: Costs & Registration
In 2018, the Master Naturalist training program cost $172, due at registration. Fifty percent of the registration fee was reimbursed if you became a volunteer educator with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department and volunteered at least 15 hours within six months of certification. All materials, field lunches, and snacks were supplied. Fees for 2019 have not been set. Questions? Please email PGFjbGFzcz0=">c2tlbm5leUBmY2dvdi5jb20=.
Master Naturalist Assistants
Master Naturalist Assistants (MNAs) serve as an important aid to volunteer educators (see Master Naturalist description below) by lending a helpful hand to all aspects of leading a field trip or activity for the public. As a MNA, you will assist with group management, props and activities. It's a great way to make a difference and meet other interested volunteers. The training is held once a year in the spring. This volunteer opportunity is full for spring 2018 and no more applications are being accepted.