Terwilliger Nature Guide Volunteers

Nature Guide Orientation

2021 orientation dates for Terwilliger Nature Guides have yet to be determined.

Terwilliger Nature Guide Training Orientations are held once a year. The orientation is free.

Those who choose to attend the training after attending the orientation will pay a $50 fee to cover training materials and other related costs. The training fee includes a year’s membership to WildCare.

Nature Guide Training takes place on four (4) Saturdays and one (1) Wednesday evening. Three (3) observation dates (to watch our veteran Nature Guides in action teaching children in the field) will also be scheduled on weekdays as part of the training. Click here for a PDF of the training schedule.

Scholarships are available to applicants in need of assistance.

Volunteer as a Terwilliger Nature Guide

One of the most engaging and fulfilling volunteer experiences in the Bay Area!

WildCare Terwilliger Nature Guides lead nature discovery walks for school children, and receive specialized training on local wildlife, plant identification and outdoor teaching methods.

Nature Guide Training will be provided by experienced and enthusiastic naturalists. Our multi-faceted training will teach you how to help children open their eyes to the wonderful world of wildlife. A background in science is not necessary-we will teach you everything you need to know to help elementary school-aged-children connect with nature in a fun and engaging way.

Training sessions will familiarize trainees with WildCare’s hike locations and the plants and animals you may find on trail. Topics will include fascinating facts about local plants and animals, Coast Miwok culture, as well as basic redwood forest, grassland and oak woodland ecology. Just bring your interest and enthusiasm for sharing nature with children and we will guide you through the rest! Click for the training schedule.

Being a Nature Guide is a great opportunity to share your joy, knowledge and enthusiasm for nature with children!

Commitment Requirements

WildCare Terwilliger Nature Guide Training graduates commit to leading a minimum of two discovery walks for school children per month (a total of seven hours per month). All walks take place on weekday mornings, from September through June, and you will be scheduled in advance.

Questions? Please email Eileen Jones, Director of Education at eileen@discoverwildcare.org or call 415-453-1000 x12.