Monday, February 18, 2008

Leonard Springs Nature Day

Tuesdays, March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15-Rain dates two days after

Wednesdays, March 26, April 2-Rain dates two days after

“Leave No Child Inside” – what a fantastic concept in this age of computers and video games. The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with Sycamore Land Trust and Monroe County Community School Corporation, is hosting the second year of Leonard Springs Nature Days. This program was developed to help kids learn about our environment while meeting state Science standards and getting them excited to pursue future career options in the life sciences. This year we will host nine 6th grade classes, more than 500 students, through an array of hands-on learning stations. To make this a quality, educational experience we need 16 volunteer facilitators per day.

Duties: If you are interested in helping to “Leave No Child Inside,” volunteer your time to facilitate one of ten stations focusing on karst topography, creek monitoring, wetland bird habitat, forest ecology, or soil composition. You do not need a strong science background to facilitate any of these stations, just an interest in the station topic or working with kids. A set of instructions, talking points and materials will be available to help you through the day, and we’ll offer volunteer training days to orient you to the program and address questions.
Program Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Training: Bloomington Parks and Recreation will provide a volunteer orientation for all station facilitators on March 21, 22, and 24th, times TBD. Plan to attend one of these to get the station basics and orient yourself with the park.
Location: City of Bloomington Leonard Springs Nature Park, 4685 S. Leonard Springs Rd.
Age of Volunteers: 18 yrs. and up
Number of Volunteers: 16 per day
Other: We ask that you sign up for the actual and rain dates that fit your schedule

If you would like to Get Involved please contact Kim Ecenbarger by phone: 349-3739 / email: or visit our web page at to find out about other upcoming events or programs to get involved in.

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