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“NatureTrack is providing a legacy that can change the world for generations to come.”

- Susie

New and Returning Docents Field Docent Training
August 16th – 27th

Volunteer Today!

Volunteering with NatureTrack not only benefits thousands of students every year, it builds purpose and community with dozens of docents. Don’t worry if you don’t know everything about nature, sharing your passion to learn is the key, not a PhD! Help out with social media, website or office. 

  • Become a NatureTrack Naturalist Docent…a “Tracker”!
  • Lead or assist with K-12 field trip adventures
  • Assist with events
  • Assist with fundraising
  • Assist in the office

Docents are trained in the principles of Interpretation (how to communicate) as well as knowledge and familiarity of the local ecology, geology, flora and fauna, first aid and CPR.

Additional benefits include:

  • Workshops and seminars with some of the leading professionals in the field of outdoor education
  • NatureTrack t-shirt, name badge and hat
  • Modest stipend available to those leading or assisting with field trips
  • NatureTrack covers the cost of background check

*(Field docents volunteer on weekdays, generally between 9am-1pm)

Prefer not to be out on the trail? NatureTrack is now actively recruiting for volunteers in the areas of:

(Days and hours may vary)

  • Web Support
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Fundraising
  • Administration

We realize life is full of opportunities and we are honored that you are considering NatureTrack as one of those.
As Elizabeth Andrew so aptly put it…

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

- Elizabeth Andrew

So, our mantra is “NatureTrack fits around your schedule. You never need to schedule around NatureTrack!”

How to become a volunteer:

A modest stipend is offered to every docent leading or assisting with a field trip. If you do not receive a confirmation email or phone call within one week, please contact us at 805-886-2047. Natural history knowledge is a plus, but not required. A docent program is offered to volunteers. Course topics include Local Ecology, Geology, Flora and Fauna, Birding, First Aid and CPR training.

Our students’ experience is directly linked to your financial support. Keep us “tracking” for kids and donate today.
Click the donate button or mail your tax-deductible donation to:
NatureTrack Foundation, PO Box 953, Los Olivos CA 93441

Docent Quotes

“A local poet, Flavia, wrote, ‘Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leaving tiny footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.’ This is how I feel about NatureTrack. Having the opportunity to be a docent for NatureTrack is so ridiculously gratifying. I get to learn and grow from incredibly kind, talented humans in a supportive and nurturing environment where our collective purpose is to ‘Share Nature with Children’, not to mention free coffee and pumpkin bread. What’s not to love!”

- Pete

“I’ve learned a lot about kids in my many seasons with NatureTrack, but I’ve learned a lot about myself too. No more do I ever take a young person for granted.”

- Sam

“Thank you for the inspiration, encouragement, and welcome into one of my life’s new adventures.”

- Tina

“The children made me smile and when a five-year-old put her hand in mine to walk back down the trail it turned my life around.”

- Pam

“NatureTrack is how I am making meaning out of life. Along with my family and home, I have NatureTrack that provides shared community working on a mission I believe in.”

- Dennis

“When I joined NatureTrack I had no idea it would enrich my life so much. It gives me permission to play, explore, learn, mentor and be a part of something great. The Great Outdoors is my happy place and to be able to share it with kids, well, there is nothing better.”

- Margurite

“NatureTrack has nurtured the loyalty of a remarkable core of volunteers who share the organization’s goals and enjoy working together to support them.”

- Margie

“Adults often have a sense of inadequacy when confronted on the one hand with the eager, sensitive mind of a child and on the other with a world of complex physical nature, inhabited by a life so various and unfamiliar that it seems hopeless to reduce it to order and knowledge. In a mood of self-defeat, they exclaim, ‘How can I possibly teach a child about nature-why, I don’t even know one bird from another?’ It is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.”

- Rachel Carson

“I say thank you for all the children whose lives have been changed on a 3-hour hike and also for the opportunity NatureTrack has created for docents. Every docent has a story to tell about how NatureTrack has given meaning to their lives.”

- Elizabeth