Current Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the volunteer opportunities for January 2012!

January VNS Training
Evening Lecture Assistance
Front Desk Assistance
Saturday Discovery Day
Saturday Kids’ Activity
Write a Field Note!

January VNS Training:  Wednesday, January 4th, 4-5pm @ MNHC
Our next Visiting Naturalist in the Schools training is coming up! Come learn all about winter adaptations, so that you can help the VNS kids with a fun winter experiment this month. We’ll go over the lesson and give you the chance to sign up to help in a VNS classroom (or two). And, as always, there’ll be great snacks! Please RSVP to Allison at 327.0405 if interested or for more information.

For those of you involved in the Field VNS program, we will have a brief training before the regular training, from 3:30-4:00pm.

Evening Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 4th, 7-8pm: Giant Salamanders in Montana
Wednesday, January 25th, 7-9pm (note longer time):  Beginning Bee Keeping

We have two evening lectures this month: “Giant Salamanders in Montana” with Andrew Olsen on January 4th and “Beginning Bee Keeping” on January 25th. We need a volunteer or two who can come a little early (around 6:30) to greet folks, oversee the sign-in sheet, and help with set up and clean up.  If interested in helping out, contact Christine at 327.0405.

Front Desk Assistance
Saturday, January 7th, 12-4pm
Our Administrative Assistant will be out of town on the 7th, and we need a volunteer to man (or woman) the MNHC fort.  Sit at the front desk, greet visitors, and enjoy a mellow afternoon at MNHC.  If interested in helping out, contact Allison at 327.0405.

Saturday Discovery Day: Winter Ecology Walk for Families
Saturday, January 7th, 10am-12pm
We’ll be leading parents and kids on a winter ecology walk in the parks and along the river trails near MNHC this Saturday morning, and we’d love to have a volunteer or two to help out.  If interested, please contact Christine at 327.0405.

Saturday Kids’ Activity
Saturday, January 14th, 2-3pm
Animal Wonders will be presenting their “Survival!” program, discussing animal adaptations and introducing some of their LIVE animals.  These are always very popular activities, and we could use 1-3 volunteers to help out.  Please contacted Christine at 327.0405 if interested.

Write a Field Note!
Do you like to write? Are you interested in unraveling some of the mysteries of the natural world? Have you observed something in nature recently that brings up questions–ones you’d like to research? If so, writing a Field Note may be for you! Field Notes are brief (~600-word) natural history essays that highlight some observation of the natural world. They air weekly on Montana Public Radio, and we are always looking for more writers! At the moment, we are looking for Field Notes on winter topics.  If interested, contact Allison at 327.0405.

Stay tuned for more 2012 volunteer opportunities!