Become a Docent at the Placer Nature Center

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Placer Nature Center

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Hiking the nature trail
If you cannot hike, you can focus on teaching the programs instead!

How are you spending your days? Want to get out and try something new or different? Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to the community, meet like minds people and learn something new.

The Placer Nature Center was organized in 1990 and shares a 60-acre site with the California Conservation Corps. The Mission is to deliver community-based, volunteer supported environmental education programs to children, families, schools and community groups. The organization is dedicated to serving the residents of Placer and Nevada Counties and depends on volunteer support.

Docent Opportunities


Saturday Docents provide information about the Placer Nature Center’s programs, classes, events and facilities while offering information about the center and the environment. Perhaps host a Green Birthday Party or lead a hike on the nature trail. Hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

You will also meet like-minded staff and volunteers working to connect people to nature!


Docents who volunteer during the week are the backbone of the organizations school program. Delivering curriculum based science focused information provides docents with the opportunity to teach connect and make a difference in the lives of the children they serve.

You will be taught, natural history and cultural science that serves as the basis of our school programs. Your skills will build as you teach these programs to the children yourself!

The training is on-the-job and self-paced and you decide how to schedule your training hours. You’ll also become part of a wonderful community of friends who volunteer for Placer Nature Center.

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About Placer Nature Center


3700 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn, CA 95602, US

Mission Statement

Placer Nature Center delivers community-based, volunteer supported environmental education programs to children, families, schools and community groups.


Placer Nature Center has a simple mission: give children (and adults!) the opportunity to learn about and experience nature first hand. Founded in 1991, Placer Nature Center has connected over 200,000 children and adults, in and around Placer County, with nature where they learn science, enjoy nature, experience teamwork, and develop curiosity and wonder about their environment.

Studies show that contact with nature as a child is the single factor that strongly determines a person's interest in adopting stewardship behaviors. Yet access to nature is virtually nonexistent for children in our increasingly urbanized and electronically driven society. Through experiential learning at PNC, students understand that every aspect of our lives, our actions and behaviors, and our environment are inseparable.

Through our programs children gain indispensable skills like team work, how to analyze and interpret data, make decisions, use critical thinking and learn how to become skilled communicators.

Placer Nature Center has a 60 acre nature preserve just minutes from Auburn, CA off of I-80. We provide field trips for school children almost every day of the school year both at our center, in the school yard and at other local nature preserves. Every week, 100's of children experience nature in new way or for the first time in our programs. Our programs are led by trained volunteer docents. We teach children about nature, ecology, recycling, watersheds etc with hands-on activities that adhere to the California Content Standards for teaching.


We'll work with your schedule.


3700 Christian Valley RdAuburnAuburn, CA 95602



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • STEM
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Science


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10-15 hours per month
  • Ability to lead nature hike and communicate with childern

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