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Naturalist training offered on local Preserves: Sequoia Riverlands Trust prepares guides for upcoming Spring Break Nature Camp

March 03, 2012 by Admin

Sequoia Riverlands Trust prepares guides for upcoming Spring Break Nature Camp

Visalia, CA – The education team at Sequoia Riverlands Trust is leading a naturalist training course on Saturday, March 3rd at 2 pm at Kaweah Oaks Preserve. Trained naturalists will then take part in field trips with Visalia area elementary students.

According to Education Director Laura Childers, the naturalists will play a crucial role in connecting kids with nature. “Many kids today haven’t spent a great deal of time outdoors exploring nature, these field trips will give them hands-on experience in the outside world.”

Volunteers will be trained in the basics of nature education and learn what a typical field trip day involves. Childers and SRT’s new AmeriCorps volunteer Lizzy Cantor have prepared nature activities including games, nature hikes, insect safaris, and a wildlife show and tell.

Resources and materials will be provided to guides who will have opportunity to shadow naturalists during field trips before leading their own group.

The training is free and open to anyone 18 or older who is available for weekday field trips. Trips usually last a couple of hours and are scheduled on weekday mornings and afternoons. Those who love the outdoors and sharing that enthusiasm with kids are encouraged to attend.

At the training, participants should wear long pants, closed toe shoes and bring water. The training meet location is in the KOP parking lot and will be held rain or shine.

Contact Laura Childers at or 559 738 0211 ex 103 for more information.

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