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Is your student interested in who would be interested in interacting with the public and sharing their knowledge of natural history? Applications have just opened up for the 2017-2018 volunteer season. We provide training to help the students learn about natural history topics and how to interact with museum guests of all ages. Applications are due by March 1, 2017. Below is a little more information about the program to give you some background on our teen volunteer program.
The Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist (FUN) volunteer program, is an opportunity for youth to be directly involved in public events and education at Fernbank Museum. FUN volunteers run discovery carts, sharing information about biology, archaeology, paleontology, nanotechnology, and more with visitors of all ages. They also help with educational programming in the Naturalist Center, activities on special family event days, other special projects, and have opportunities to tour and visit behind the scenes.
The FUN program is a one-year commitment (June – May) and teens are required to volunteer at least 45 hours per year, which works out to be about once a month during the school year and twice a month in the summer. Volunteer ages range from 12 years old (must be 13 before Sept 1, 2017) to 17 years old. Volunteers age out of the program when they graduate high school or when they are 18 years old at the start of the next FUN year (June). The FUN program is very competitive, accepting applications once a year and interviewing and accepting a select number of applicants.