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Become a Docent

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

Important McClellan Ranch Construction Update: To all of our members, visitors and customers: Please be advised that both the main parking lot and walkways at McClellan Ranch Preserve will be undergoing major repairs throughout the Autumn. While the SCVAS office will remain open during this period, it may be difficult to get into the front office safely. If you do come to the Ranch, please be aware of the following:

1) Access to the parking lot is severely limited, and we strongly recommend that everyone park in the overflow lot at 22241 McClellan Rd and walk over the bridge.

2) The walkways and steps leading up to the main office and nature shop may be inaccessible at various times throughout the month.

If you wish to purchase items from our Nature Shop, and would have a hard time navigating the unstable surfaces of the paths, please call Cindy at 408-252-3747 - she would be more than happy to ring you up over the phone and bring the items to your car in the overflow lot. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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