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Calling All Volunteers!

It is with great excitement that Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center is growing, both in our programs and our presence in the community. We couldn’t continue to share the programs and resources we do without help from community volunteers. Several opportunities are listed below, but if you have another suggestion or project in mind, we’ll see what we can do – whatever your talents, we’re sure we can find a project for you! Please send us an email if you’re interested in volunteering.

Download a Volunteer Application

The Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center are currently looking
for volunteers to help with the following projects:

General:

– Program Evaluation Development and Collection

– Straub Learning Center Beautification and Improvement: Artistic? Have a great sense of organization? Like to clean? We’re always in need of wall art and education display materials for the center, and of help cleaning out and organizing Center supplies.

Native Plant Restoration:

– Restoration Day Work Parties: Help remove invasive plants and restore natives, pick up trash in and around the center and Mill Creek, and clean educational display boards. Great for individuals or groups of 15-20 looking for local environmental volunteer opportunities.

Newsletter and Annual Report:

– Newsletter/Report Writing: Write articles to include in our quarterly newsletter publication.

– Newsletter and Letter Mailing Assembly: Fold, label, stamp and sort.

Lecture Series:

– “Gofers”: Put up and break down displays, stuff programs, handout programs, collect programs, organize and help with receptions, summarize evaluations, etc.

– Lecture Articles: Help find or write articles pertaining to each lecture topic to be included in the program.

– Develop Educational Materials: Prepare educational materials related to each program to distribute at lectures (e.g. highlight websites, books, documentaries, etc. related to the topic).

– Promotion: Hang flyers, contact other organizations, spread the word!

Amateur Naturalist and Nature Kids:

– Class Presenters: We’re always looking for new and interesting topics to share with the community through our Amateur Naturalist and Nature Kids series. If you have experience in a particularly field and enjoying sharing that experience in a classroom setting (be it with adults or kids), we’d love to have you!

Family and Youth Programming:

Like working with children and families? You can attend and help direct our Youth and Family programs by working with children or managing volunteers.

– Class Presenters: We’re always looking for new and interesting topics to share with the community through our Amateur Naturalist and Nature Kids series. If you have experience in a particularly field and enjoying sharing that experience in a classroom setting we’d love to have you!

– Summer Camp Helpers: Help with planning and participating in our two-week youth summer camp. Van drivers/chaperones are always needed!

– Facilitate student opportunities in the community: Work with Straub to design and improve youth programming at the Center. Help us get the word out about FSELC classes, programs, and volunteer opportunities available to Salem youth.

To volunteer, please send us an email, and download an application here.