Nature Program Volunteer Coordinator for BFA Fairfax Elementary

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ORGANIZATION: Four Winds Nature Institute

You don’t need a science degree or teaching certificate to be an effective Four Winds volunteer, just an enthusiastic interest in learning and sharing. All the necessary background information and learning activities are clearly explained at the monthly training workshops. Background information, lesson
plans, handouts and specialized teaching materials provide all the resources necessary to present an informative and engaging classroom unit. Volunteers are parents and community members who value the
opportunity to learn and discover the wonders of nature with children.

Adults and children learning together and exploring nearby natural places is what the Four Winds Nature Program is all about. It is the dedication of volunteers - their time and energy - that makes this happen. And the Volunteer Coordinators in each school are the keystone of the program. The coordinators act as liaison between the education staff at Four Winds and the volunteers, the school teachers and administrators, and the community at large. Coordinators organize the program, recruit volunteers, arrange the adult training sessions, and coordinate the outdoor explorations/lessons for the classes of children. They fill out the enrollment form, track the school’s fees, and manage the teaching materials. In fact, they oversee every aspect of the program in their school. We suggest having two or more people working together as Nature Program coordinators in your school - it’s easier for everyone AND it’s more fun that way! To learn more about the program or to volunteer yourself, please reach out to Cara Gauthier at

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About Four Winds Nature Institute


4 Casey Road, Chittenden, VT 05737, US

Mission Statement

Four Winds Nature Institute is a non-profit organization advancing the understanding, appreciation, and protection of the environment through community-based natural science education and research.


Founded in 2006, Four Winds strives to improve environmental literacy throughout a community by providing people of all ages with meaningful opportunities to explore the natural world. In developing and offering programs, Four Winds is committed to those that address the following goals:
* Increasing people’s knowledge of the natural world through direct observation, hands-on learning activities, and rich outdoor experiences.
* Improving science literacy (content and skills) by encouraging people to explore their local environment.
* Connecting a broad and diverse audience of people to the natural world on an ongoing and meaningful basis.
* Providing people with the critical thinking, problem solving, and citizenship skills to make informed decisions on local environmental issues.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


BFA Fairfax Elementary75 Hunt StreetFairfax, VT 05454




  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Each volunteer dedicates about 5 hours a month to the program, including 2 hours in training, 1-2 hours of preparation, and 1-2 hours in the classroom teaching with a partner.

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