Child (age 10 and up) and Parent (or grandparent or guardian) volunteer as hosts in the Nature Center. Spend quality time with your child (or grandchild!) and help young person develop confidence, social skills, and a volunteer ethic while you learn and have fun participating in this award winning program! Get training as naturalist interpreters and help greet the public, answer questions, care for exhibit specimens, and learn about nature.
Volunteer at least 1 shift per month: Tuesday-Friday afternoon shifts 11:50am-4:30pm; weekend shifts 9:20am-1pm and 1-4:30pm. We ask a 1 year commitment to make the training investment worth it. We can do a meet and greet without commitment to help see if this is the right volunteer opportunity for you!
Lots of initial and ongoing on-the-job training provided to get new volunteers started anytime during the year. Once we are notified of your interest, we will contact you provide a bit more info and to schedule an initial meet and greet visit with staff - thanks!
During COVID, masks required by volunteers and visitors, one-way traffic through building, 12 person max, 6' social distancing, frequent sanitization of surfaces.
To contribute to the full and meaningful lives of our community by providing an opportunity for understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the natural environment.
The Carson Nature Center provides interpretive programs, nature displays, and guided walks throughout South Platte Park. The Park is a 650-acre open space park along 2.5 miles of the South Platte River--the only unchannelized section of the river in the Denver-metro area. The park has extensive wetland and wildlife habitat, over 200 species of songbirds and waterfowl, 4 miles of hiking trails, a concrete walking/biking path, and 5 fishable lakes. The nature center and the park are both operated by South Suburban Park and Recreation District.