CONTACT:
Mary Goodyear: (603) 846-5108
Judy Silverberg: (603) 271-3211
July 30, 2003

Free Training Offered for "Wonders of Wildlife" Volunteers

CONCORD, N.H. - If you enjoy learning about wildlife, like kids, and have time to volunteer during the day, you may want to consider becoming a Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) educator for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. A 9-month training course for new volunteers begins September 11.

"WOW is a great way to get involved with natural resource education," says Judith Silverberg, Wildlife Education Coordinator for Fish and Game. "The in-depth training we give our volunteer docents -- learning firsthand from wildlife biologists and other ecology experts -- really prepares them to be effective environmental educators."

The Wonders of Wildlife program introduces youth to our state's wildlife and aquatic resources. Trained WOW docents travel to schools or organized youth groups to present programs focusing on New Hampshire wildlife and endangered species, aquatic ecology and wetlands. They also can lead activities for environmental festivals and field days.

Participating in the WOW program requires a long-term commitment. WOW volunteers get 50 hours of free training between this September and May of 2004, attending up to three sessions a month. Topics covered include everything from pond ecology to working with children. WOW volunteers get briefed on aquatic life in New Hampshire, fish culturing and wetlands ecology. They also get a chance to explore a wide range of wildlife themes, including migratory birds, deer population concerns and the future of endangered species. They learn about teaching techniques and specific environmental school programs presented by Fish and Game. The training includes both lectures and field trips.

After the training is complete, WOW volunteers commit to at least 48 volunteer hours to natural resource education over the following two school years (by the spring of 2006), delivering programs to schoolchildren or organized youth groups. Both the training sessions and presentations take place during school-day hours. Volunteers receive mileage reimbursement for their travel to present programs.

Click here for a full schedule of WOW docent training sessions. WOW volunteers must register for the entire series; it is not possible to sign up for individual sessions. Click here to print out a WOW volunteer application form.

For more information on volunteering for the WOW program, click here, or call (603) 271-3211; or contact Mary Goodyear at Twin Mountain Fish and Wildlife Center, RR1 Box 341, Whitefield, NH 03598; e-mail mgoody@ncia.net; or phone (630) 846-5108.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as informing and educating the public about these resources and providing opportunities to use and appreciate them.

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