Churchville Nature Center
We Want You to Volunteer!
Want to Get Involved???
The staff of Churchville Nature Center happily invites you to join our ever growing family of dedicated volunteers. As an educational non-profit, we rely heavily on the support of passionate individuals who volunteer their time and energy to help us keep our grounds beautiful, facilities clean and programming top quality.
To learn more about how to volunteer and the opportunities available, please review the sections below or download our Volunteer Brochure Here.
High school students volunteering through the CAPS program. 2017.
Options for Volunteering
Visitor Aides
In many ways, the visitor aides are the most integral group of volunteers at the nature center. They are typically the first individuals a visitor meets upon entering the nature center and are responsible for the information desk. They answer calls, register programs, operate the point of sale and answer general questions about the center among other roles. Given the importance of this position, we only accept visitor aides 18+.
Grounds & Maintenance Crew
Want to lend a hand? The center is always looking to expand our crew of dedicated volunteers who help us maintain our trails, grounds and facilities. The crew is responsible for repairing fences, constructing exhibits and various other tasks requiring a bit of technical labor. Prior experience in areas of building/landscaping is not required, but helpful.
Event Aides
Throughout the year the center is host to a wide variety of programs, events and festivals that require the assistance of volunteers. Event aides will help with set-up/take-down, man stations, assist educators and various other roles depending on the event. These programs are a major fundraising part of the center and go a long way in helping us continue our mission.
To keep the Marlin D. Corn Wildlife Gardens beautiful and diversified, the center needs enthusiastic gardeners to help us do it. Gardeners assist our head gardener Dana in maintaining beds, removing invasives/weeds, tending shrubs/trees and overall care for our beloved gardens. Gardeners can also work in the butterfly house and its surrounding gardens.
Summer Camp Counselors
Each summer the center holds 10 weeks of educational camps. To run these camps we need hardworking and responsible volunteers to help the educators supervise and run the different camps each week. Counselors will work directly with children of various ages and will be responsible for assisting in their care. Counselors will help with set-up, clean-up and activities.
Butterfly House Docents
Butterfly house docents are the heart of the butterfly house as they are responsible for giving educational tours, tending the butterflies at their different stages and keeping the place tidy. Docents may also aide in maintaining gardens and participate in butterfly house events. Shifts requirements are only 2 hours at a time. Training provided, but prior knowledge in butterflies, biology or related topics recommended.
Service Projects
The center works with scout groups, eagle scouts, girl scout awards and college requirement projects year round. From building garden beds to constructing new trails to educational displays, the center is always open to discussing a new project or idea. Please contact us to set up an appointment to discuss your ideas or our own.
Animal Care Attendants
The center keeps a variety of about thirty species of reptiles and invertebrates within the visitor center that require care several days a week. Volunteers provide general husbandry including feeding, cleaning and enrichment to our educational animals. Attendants also get to assist in educational events and interact with the public should they choose to do so.
Group & Corporate Volunteering
Are you looking to take your troop or company out for a service day? The center is always open to discussing big group outings for clean-ups, invasive plant removals or larger projects that involve funds for construction. Groups are always welcome to attend our occasional organized clean-ups instead of organizing individualized ones.
Contact Us!
Call Mary!!!
If you are interested in learning more about our volunteering options or want to discuss how to get started, please feel free to contact our Coordinator of Volunteers, Mary Penney.
Phone: 215-357-4005 ext. 5038
Please note, if this is for court ordered hours we have a separate program. Click HERE to find out details of the Community Service Program.
Volunteers during the 2019 Comcast Cares Day outing.
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