Nature gives us so much, sometimes it’s great to give back! Donating your time to Dinosaur Hill can be a fun and rewarding experience. Whether you are an individual, a group, or part of a service project we have various projects that we need help to complete.
We work hard to match out volunteers with projects and activities that are of interest to them and meet there skills. Whether you are looking for community service for graduation, a working adult looking to spend time giving back to your community, a retired teacher looking to share your love of the outdoors with groups of visiting school children, or anywhere in between we're sure to find something that will make your time at Dinosaur Hill a rewarding experience.
The Assistant naturalist position is a paid volunteer program. Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve services Rochester Community schools (K-3rd grade) and day cares in our area. The person(s) in this position will help informing guests and visitors about nature, assisting with outreach, and helping out with birthday parties at the preserve. Scheduling can be flexible. Typical desired times for the Assistant Naturalists are Tuesday thru Friday, 9:30am- 2pm during the school year, and to a lesser extent during the summer.
Observation of a class is required before teaching the class. Multiple exposures to the class are allowed, and even suggested, to ensure you're comfortable with the material. Our programs are traditionally centered around nature. Some our topics include: animal habitats, animal adaptations and plant life cycles. We also have a few social studies based programs like The People of the 3 Fires (Native American) and Pioneer Survival. For more information about Assistant Naturalist openings, contact Sharon at Sharon@dinosaurhill.org
The Camp Counselor position is a volunteer position. As a camp counselor you will help the kids with various activities, depending on the camp under the direction of staff. The position is great for high school and college students, internships, or retirees looking to stay active. We have loads of fun and the kids are great, they love the assistants!
Our summer camps start after school ends in June and go through the end of August. We cater to preschool through 5th grade ages. We offer half and full day camps. For more information about Assistant Naturalist openings, contact Sharon at Sharon@dinosaurhill.org
If the time you are looking to commit is more on a temporary or irregular basis there are still opportunities for you at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. We have many events throughout the year that you can help with. Event such as our Daffodil Sale, Heritage Days Festival and Halloween Hoot! Contact Lynne@dinosaurhill.org
Popular areas include:
Tending garden beds
Performing or working 'Halloween Hoot' or 'Storytime with Santa'