Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center Docent

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Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut

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The Barnes Memorial Nature Center

Welcome to the Environmental Learning Center of Connecticut!- "Inspiring an appreciation for, and enjoyment of nature, through education and conservation, fostering a healthy environment and an improved quality of life".

The Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center is looking for interested volunteers that are friendly and enjoy welcoming guests, informing visitors about the Nature Center exhibits, trails and all the facilities we have to offer. The nature center is open Thursday - Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4 and serves as the public interface of the Environmental Learning Centers of CT. We many live animals on view including reptiles and amphibians, a Barred Owl and two Eastern Screech Owls. The nature center has many interactive exhibits for children and weekend programs for adults and children alike. The Center also has a small gift shop.

With advanced training, Nature Center Docents provide guests of the Visitor Center with detailed information about the animals, exhibits, upcoming programs and answer any questions they may have. Docents assist with special events, may be trained to handle some of the animals, may lead programs and group activities such as guided hikes, pond study, live animal programs, arts and crafts projects and more.
This position will help to ensure that visitors walk away informed, inspired, and empowered to appreciate and care for the natural world.

Contact us today if you have an interest in sharing your passion for nature, conservation and wildlife! This is a wonderful position for natural science degree college students, recent grads and retirees.

ELCCT offers a diversity of hands-on experiential programs using a variety of resources and facilities. Our programs are offered at the Barnes Nature Center, Indian Rock Nature Preserve and in the schools of Connecticut. In 2018, we provided our environmental educational programs to over 22,000 children and families from over 70 Connecticut communities!

In addition to our education programs, ELCCT also serves as a land trust and has protected over 750 acres of land in Bristol and Burlington, Connecticut.

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175 Shrub RoadHarry C. Barnes Memorial Nature CenterBristol, CT 06010



  • Customer Service
  • Office Reception
  • People Skills
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Care / Handling


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once per week

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