Volunteer Opportunities

Pringle Nature Center is in need of volunteers! Various opportunities exist to fit your interests and skills. See below for some of our immediate needs, or contact us to discuss a program or specific area of interest. To volunteer, please fill out and return the Volunteer Interest Form.

2019 Volunteers of the Year

At last December's Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, we recognized a number of outstanding volunteers, among them our 2019 "Volunteers of the Year:" Darlene Cavener and Lois Foerster. Darlene conveys her love of teaching and the outdoors through her service as a Teacher Naturalist on field trip and Home School Science programs. She has become an integral part of our volunteer base and a hit with the kids. Lois helps us keep the nature center open on Sundays and assists with special events. Her dependability and friendliness have made her a fixture at Pringle. As with so many of our volunteers, Darlene and Lois have each contributed over a decade of service at the nature center.

Left: Darlene Cavener and Lois Foester (not pictured) are the 2019 Volunteers of the Year.

Board of Directors

We are currently seeking a treasurer to join our Board of Directors. The treasurer is a volunteer board member responsible for submitting employee payroll, preparing financial reports, and paying bills, among other things. The ideal candidate would be attentive to detail, able to meet deadlines, and interested in the mission of PNC. Training will be provided. Other board positions may also be available.

Staff the nature center

If you already enjoy visiting the nature center and seeing other visitors, this may be the role for you! We are looking for volunteers to keep the nature center open on Sundays. Duties include opening and closing the building and greeting visitors. Available time slots are 9 am-12:30 pm and 12:30-4 pm spring-fall, and 12-4 pm in winter.

Become a Teacher Naturalist

Do you enjoy the outdoors and working with children? If so, then PNC could use your support in leading nature-based programs. Field trips, scouts programs, and other children's activities are a fundamental part of our mission of environmental education. No experience necessary; all training is provided! Teacher Naturalists must be 18 or older.

Special Events

Pringle Nature Center is always in need of volunteer support during large events and fundraisers. A number of opportunities are available for year-round events, including greeting visitors, assisting with activities, set-up and clean-up, marketing, and planning.

Conservation

Join us on the fourth Saturday of every month (April-November) for Invasive Species Workdays. Volunteers help remove invasive brush or assist with other habitat restoration projects as needed. This is an excellent opportunity to log some service hours! Contact us if you have another restoration project in mind.

Eagle Scout & Gold Award Projects

You might have noticed the stage, Chimney Swift house, nature megaphone, gardens, and trail signs around the park, but did you know that these were all Eagle Scout and Girl Scout projects? Contact us for opportunities to fulfill your community project requirements.

Other Projects

Most Pringle Nature Center projects have been volunteer-led, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have a specific skill set or another project in mind! Other needs not mentioned above include:
-grant writing
-advertising and event promotion
-display maintenance and updates
-member and volunteer recruitment
-citizen science projects