Mary Goodyear: (603) 419-0256
Judy Silverberg: (603) 271-3211
June 12, 2008
June 30 Deadline for New Hampshire's Natural Resources Volunteers
Apply Now -- Core Training for Wonders of Wildlife docents, Community Tree Stewards and Earth Team Volunteers
CONCORD, N.H. -- If you are interested in sharing your interest in wildlife and aquatic resources with New Hampshire school children, then Fish and Game's Wonders of Wildlife Program (WOW) is for you. Again this year, WOW docents will train together with Community Tree Stewards and Earth Team volunteers, under a partnership among N.H. Fish and Game, UNH Cooperative Extension, N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, N.H. County Conservation Districts and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Natural Resources Volunteer Program training course runs from September to November of 2008, and volunteers must apply by June 30.
The course consists of 12 sessions that cover many natural resource-related topics, including New Hampshire ecosystems, watersheds and changing land use; wildlife species and habitats; soil and water resources; working with local governments for natural resource management; land conservation and protection; tree identification, evaluation, planting, and care; threatened and endangered plant and animal communities; sustainable living, integrated landscaping, and climate change, including what you can do to help make a difference.
The courses are being offered at two community colleges from 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Volunteers may choose to take the class on Wednesdays in Manchester starting September 3 -- OR, on Fridays in Stratham starting September 5. Each site will host the series through November 21. Those interested in becoming Wonders of Wildlife docents will be required to attend four additional sessions that will prepare them for presenting programs in elementary school classrooms. A $75 course fee covers the cost of the training resource materials.
Those completing the core training are expected to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours the following year in a wide variety of projects and activities that focus on New Hampshire's natural resources, including conducting a natural resources inventory, measuring the largest trees in the state and developing community gardens and landscapes. Those completing the additional Wonders of Wildlife training are expected to contribute at least 48 hours in the following two years to the education of youths and adults by delivering programs that focus on New Hampshire wildlife and endangered species, aquatic ecology and wetlands, in schools or to organized youth groups.
For more information about the Wonders of Wildlife Program, or for an application to apply for the training to become a Wonders of Wildlife docent, Community Tree Steward or Earth Team volunteer, visit the Fish and Game website (click here). Applications must be received by June 30. For more information about the Community Tree Steward or Earth Team volunteer programs, visit the UNH Cooperative Extension website at extension.unh.edu/Forestry/FORCTS.htm.