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NATURE DISCOVERY CENTER

What Is It?:  A “unique and treasured education center and nature park,” located in Bellaire’s Russ Pitman Park, which serves as an outdoor classroom for its nature science programming and also offers a nature play area.

 

Help Needed: Counselors for camps held during the summer and during school breaks, animal care assistants and Discovery Room guides, special event assistants. The Center welcomes Scout projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13

Help Needed

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SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS

Middle and High School students are invited to be counselors at camps for 5 – 10 year olds. Week-long camps are held between June and August. Camp counselors assist the teachers and help individual campers with crafts, projects, games, etc.  8:30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. We ask for a two week commitment, if possible.

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ANIMAL CARE ASSISTANTS

Our live animals require daily care, and we have a team of teen assistants who help us make sure they are fed and watered, and that their cages are kept clean and safe. This job often requires the handling of animals themselves, and we need volunteers who are willing to do this without fear.  Age 13 and up.  Year round.

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WEEKEND DISCOVERY ROOM INTERPRETERS

Discovery Room docents greet families as they come in and help them to find the animals and activities that are interesting and age appropriate for their children.  Age 13 and up.  Year round.

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SPECIAL EVENT ACTIVITY GUIDES

Volunteers help guide children and their families in fun and educational activities during our Spring Fling, Family Fun Evening, Pumpkin Patch, and Holiday Market.  2 or 3 hour shifts.  Age 13 and up.

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SCHOOL BREAK CAMP COUNSELORS

Middle and High School students are invited to be counselors at camps for 5 – 10 year olds. One-day School’s Out Day Camps are held during winter holidays and spring break. Camp counselors assist the teachers and help individual campers with crafts, projects, games, etc.  Age 13 and up.

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SNEAK-A-PEEK ASSISTANTS

Teens who assist with our Sneak-a-Peek program work with the instructor, an NDC Staff member, to prepare craft and other class materials, help children ages 3.5 – 5 with class activities and and crafts, and help clean up after class is over.  Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors.

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SUMMER GROUP GUIDES

Group Guides lead small groups of pre-school and elementary aged kids on explorations in the park and visits to the Discovery Rooms – helping them find interesting and age appropriate activities.

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SUMMER STORY TIME LEADER

Teens lead our Nature Story Time on Wednesdays at 4 PM throughout the summer, reading themed books and assisting preschoolers and their caregivers with simple crafts and/or songs and other activities.

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