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Our Education Programs thrive because of enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers who develop and produce our materials, visit classrooms to teach schoolchildren about birds and nature, and lead youth field trips. You can join our education team and share the wonder of nature with young people! *

Become a volunteer today by filling out our Volunteer Sign-up form or contacting our Programs Coordinator at (408) 252-3740 or by email.

Educational Materials Developer

Use your creativity to help design fresh displays and materials for our educational presentations. You can help with an entire project - from the initial planning phase to the completion of the materials, or you can help with individual steps in a project's development, such as assembling a posterboard. Anytime.

Classroom Presenter

Visit classrooms to teach children about birds and nature. We have a number of different 30-minute to 1-hour presentations, including slideshows and a local birds presentation that uses actual feathered bird skins and real nests as props. Each of our presentations is fully scripted and novice-friendly. You don't have to be an expert birder; this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds! Scheduled by appointment, usually on weekdays.

Field Trip Docent

Guide students in exploring and learning about birds and nature in the great outdoors. You can lead small groups of schoolchildren in our Wetlands Discovery Program or guide kids and their families in our Young Audubon programs. If you don't feel comfortable leading your own group, be a support docent. Novice birders are welcome; this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds! Wetlands Discovery Program on weekdays, Young Audubon trips usually on weekends. Read more Volunteer Information (PDF).

* Volunteers interested in working directly with children must be willing to be fingerprinted.


Last modified in February 2012.


What's New at SCVAS

RAILS Program for Teens: Santa Clara County Teens are invited to participate in the RAILS Program with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society:

The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's RAILS Program for Teens provides education and training for young adults ages 14-18 to help them develop skills in environmental "Research, Advocacy, Identification, Leadership and Sstewardship" - skills that will help them excel in higher education and careers in wildlife biology, field ecology and environmental education.

RAILS members participate in an 8-week summer training program based out of our headquarters at McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino. This program provides a strong foundation in the knowledge of local plants and wildlife, environmental science, field ecology, outdoor skills, environmental education practices, and local and regional conservation issues. During their time in this program, participants will explore a variety of local nature preserves and open space areas, learn critical field research skills, and gain experience as Junior Counselors in a nature camp setting.

Participants are expected to attend the bi-weekly training sessions, starting June 23rd, and the week-long summer camp between July 20th-24th. At the end of this program, RAILS participants will receive a certificate verifying their participation.

For additional information, contact [email?protected] Download the application packet HERE.

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