Event Description: "Find It Fridays" is an exciting, new Citizen Science opportunity offered by Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources (PRCR) that will take place on select Fridays each month. Volunteers will utilize a FREE smart phone app, called iNaturalist, to identify and record the plants and wildlife they see while at Raleigh's nature preserves and parks. Each month, PRCR staff will host one or more "Find It Fridays" at different nature preserves or parks, so the location will change for each event. This will allow volunteers to experience some of Raleigh's most natural and unique properties.
Duties: All volunteers will use their personal smart phones and the iNaturalist app to find, identify, and record any plant and animal species that they see while walking through trails and fields during the event. PRCR staff will provide a brief orientation on how to use the iNaturalist app and some field identification tips. Volunteers can also use the plant and animal identification tools included in iNaturalist.
Impact: Volunteers will help Raleigh PRCR gather valuable biological data by recording their observations of plants and animals in the iNaturalist app. This information will help PRCR staff with natural resource management planning and conservation efforts. Volunteers will benefit by learning how to identify many different plants and animals found in our area, as well as how to use the iNaturalist app, all while serving as true citizen scientists for the good of our parks and preserves!
Work Environment: "Find It Fridays" will be a socially-distanced, outdoor event. Volunteers will use the trails and other pedestrian walkways on the property to find, identify, and record their sightings of plants and animals. There is the potential for exposure to outdoor elements such as steep terrain, insects/other wildlife, and inclement weather. This is a self-paced activity and volunteers can work in the areas where they feel most comfortable. Bathrooms will be available at most sites. Volunteers will need to bring their own water.
Requirements: Each volunteer must register through CERVIS. All ages and skill levels are welcome at "Find It Fridays", including families. Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers will need to fill out a release form. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to have a parent/guardian signature.
Other Instructions: All that volunteers will need is a functional (and charged) smartphone with the iNaturalist app downloaded before the start of the "Find It Fridays" event. The iNaturalist app is available for both Android and iPhone through their respective app stores. During the brief orientation, PRCR staff will explain how to use the app and how to join the PRCR "project group". Field guides and binoculars may also be helpful if you have them.
COVID-19 Policy: Volunteers and staff must follow the COVID-19 policies below so that projects are safe for everyone.
Social distancing must be practiced (6-feet between individuals)
Individuals must participate in infrared temperature checks upon arrival
Everyone must wear a face mask or face shield (not provided)
State, federal, and local mandates must be followed
If you have been out of state two weeks prior to the event, please do not register
Group Registration Information: Registration as a volunteer is first come, first served. A group leader must email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. All groups will be required to provide a list of names and emails for their volunteers.
Per department policy, this volunteer opportunity is not to be used towards court-appointed/ suggested community service hours.
About Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
222 West Hargett Street, Suite 608, Raleigh, NC 27601, US
You are invited to make a difference in your community by volunteering! Through the efforts of City staff and volunteers, the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department can continue its fine tradition of providing quality leisure services to citizens of all ages.
Join Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department's Volunteer Program and make a difference in your community. You may volunteer as an individual or as part of a group on a one-time or ongoing basis. There are many opportunities for individuals, groups, students and businesses to contribute to our quality programs and facilities. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.