The Nature Guides at Fern Hollow is an organization of volunteers who
work with elementary school children in the Sewickley area. It was founded with the intention of teaching
children to look at and appreciate the natural world around them. Volunteers are recruited and trained by Fern
Hollow staff and other guides. To become
a Nature Guide, you only need to be willing to give some of your time to
teaching children about the world of nature. Since you will be working with Training sessions and orientations
are held during the season to acquaint guides with the materials and the curriculum
Clearances are required.
The walk season covers six to eight weeks each fall and spring.
Children are taken into the field to study topics such as seasonal changes,
plants, birds, insects, creek habitat and even maple sugaring. Walks take place at Walker Park, Morrow-Pontefract
Park (by the Giant Eagle), Sewickley Heights Borough Park and Fern Hollow
Nature Center. PowerPoint or video presentations are given in the schools prior
to the walk to give the children some background in the subject to be covered.
No previous experience is required – we will teach you everything you
need to know. During your training as a
volunteer Nature Guide you will:
• Attend an orientation where we will introduce you to the programs.
• Receive background material on the nature walks of your choice and
have the opportunity to review the video or PowerPoint presentations that
precede each walk.
• Shadow experienced Nature Guides as they lead children on one of our
• Learn teaching techniques and gain practical experience in leading
small groups of 7 to 9 children.
Once you have completed training, we ask that you lead at least 2 walks
per season. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to work with children while
becoming more familiar with the natural history of our community.
Fern Hollow is always looking for individuals who are interested in
helping us run our various programs and events throughout the year. Event volunteers are a critical part of our
fundraising events such as the Fall Music Festival, the Maple Sugaring
Celebration and Pancake Breakfast and the HoeDown and Chili Cookoff. They also assist us with informal programming
throughout the year as needed. To become
an Event Volunteer at Fern Hollow, just send us your email address. Any time we have an upcoming event that we
need assistance with, we send an email to all our Event Volunteers. There is no training required and no minimum
time commitment. If you are looking for
a way to support environmental education in our community, become an Event
Volunteer at Fern Hollow Nature Center!
The Hollow Helpers are a group of teens who are excited about the
natural world. Hollow Helpers volunteer
at Fern Hollow for activities such as informal programs, events, summer camps
and general work around the nature center.
Our Hollow Helpers have the opportunity to develop their talents in many
ways such as creating displays in the nature center, leading activities and
crafts at summer camp or planting native trees around our grounds. It's a fun way to help your community, the
environment and fulfill your school volunteer requirements.
Help wanted to care for 20,000 - 50,000 hard working women and assorted
males in our Apiary at Fern Hollow. No experience is necessary as we'll teach
you all you'll need to know about beekeeping.
Typically we open the hives approximately every ten to fourteen days to
inspect the bees, feed them, and help them survive. These visits last 1 to 1
1/2 hours, usually in the morning or afternoon, and are very weather dependent.
You'll be expected to don a bee suit, help us open the hives, and handle frames
of honey and brood.
1901 Glen Mitchell Rd, PO Box 8, Sewickley, PA 15143 Office – 412.741.6136 Education Staff – 412.741.7536