Sharing knowledge and passion for the natural world is a role we take to heart, not only for kids, but for adults, too. Our region has a wealth of expert ecologists, botanists, birders, scientists, geographers, and just about every other kind of expert you can imagine. We have outstanding programs including Loving the Land, community hikes, and stewardship days to educate and engage people of all ages in the wonders that surround us.
Loving the Land
Every year we offer a week-long educational program for kids, grades 4-5, following Earth Day in late April. This hands-on opportunity takes place in the Oredson-Todd Woods, a city-owned conserved park south of Ashland. For five days the park is transformed into a learning center for adventure, exploration and creativity, under the guidance of stewardship staff and enthusiastic volunteer educators. This is also a great volunteer opportunity for anyone who loves kids and wants to turn them on to our beautiful natural world.
This program is funded by the Ashland Parks Foundation, Carrico Family Foundation, and the many generous SOLC members.
Become a volunteer for Loving the Land
Do you love Southern Oregon's natural history? Do you love working with kids? We would LOVE for you to volunteer with us! We're looking for facilitators for our 4th and 5th grade outdoor education program that runs everyday from April 29 to May 3 (2019) in Ashland at the Oredson-Todd Woods. Facilitators host a rotation of investigative and exploratory field study stations where students learn about geology, stream invertebrates and forest ecology. Students also have a picnic lunch and a short hike to a waterfall. All facilitators will be provided with instructional materials in advance.
If you would like to share the joy of the outdoors with a young person, give us a call to sign up. Station volunteers arrive at the Woods at 9:45am and are finished by 2:00pm. Hike guides lend a hand from 11:00am-1:00pm. Every volunteer will be provided a delicious, hearty bag lunch.
To find out more info or to sign up for a day (or two) email firstname.lastname@example.org or call to chat with Teresa at 541-482-3069.