Volunteer at the Nature Center

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Are you looking for other ways to contribute to the Nature Center? Multiple volunteer opportunities are available for those who want to be more hands-on.
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Volunteers at the Hands and Hearts annual celebration. Photo by FWNC&R Staff.

Now that the Nature Center is getting back to normal, we are seeing an influx of volunteers who are eager to help around the Refuge. We have many opportunities available for volunteers. Volunteering with the Natural Guard and greenhouse are great options if you’re interested in getting your hands dirty and working outside. Greenhouse volunteers assist with the collection, propagation, and maintenance of native plants. Plants that are grown are used in restoration projects throughout the Refuge. Training is onsite, and greenhouse volunteers meet every Thursday from 9 am to noon. Natural Guard volunteers assist with various projects that benefit Nature Center visitors, wildlife, and plants, including removing invasive plant species, clearing trails, and building bridges. Training and tools also are provided onsite. Natural Guard is scheduled for Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am until noon. Another option is to become a docent. Docents assist us with guided hikes, group tours, and outreach. Our docents have been critical to our successful environmental education initiatives.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities or would like to see everything that we have to offer, I recommend checking out the options at fortworthtexas.gov/volunteer.

We celebrate all of our volunteers and their contributions at our Hands and Hearts volunteer appreciation event in April, which is National Volunteer Month. I cannot express how much appreciation I have for all of the volunteers who dedicate their time to helping the Nature Center thrive.

By Kenneth Nalley , Natural Scientist/Volunteer Coordinator, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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