New volunteer program with Parks & Recreation natural areas

0
307
Hisle Farm Park Sept. 27, 2019. Photo by Amy Wallot

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Parks & Recreation is looking to train new volunteers.

It is offering a six-session training course for those interested in volunteering in the areas of environmental education, interpretation, land management and more.

- Advertisement -

Officials say Natural Areas Volunteer Program is great for those interested in becoming an advocate for natural spaces, engaging with community, and spending more time outside.

The six training sessions will take place on the following Thursdays (participants must attend all six):

  • April 23, 6 – 8 p.m. at Raven Run
  • April 30, 6 – 8 p.m. at McConnell Springs
  • May 7, 6 – 8 p.m. at Raven Run
  • May 14, 6 – 8 p.m. at McConnell Springs
  • May 21, 6 – 8 p.m. at Raven Run
  • May 28, 6 – 8 p.m. at McConnell Springs

Each session will involve hands-on learning about interpretation, environmental education, local flora and fauna, Parks & Recreation protocols and outdoor safety, program development and more.

After completing the training course, members of the Natural Areas Volunteer Program will be asked to provide a minimum of 40 service hours to the park of their choice and will receive ongoing mentoring and training by park staff.

Applications are available online. The deadline to apply is March 15.

To learn more about Lexington’s natural areas, including Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, McConnell Springs Park and Hisle Farm Park, visit the City’s website.