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THPRD seeks adult volunteers for new environmental education program

A training session will be held Wednesday

The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District is seeking adult volunteers for its new Environmental Education Volunteer Assistants program, for which a training program is scheduled for Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center, 15655 S.W. Millikan Way.

Participants must be at least 18 and physically able to participate in various indoor and outdoor assignments, such as helping with interpretive hikes, evening nature programs, preschool classes at Cooper Mountain Nature Park or other tasks.

Participants will be trained to assist the district's environmental education staff in delivering programs for all ages while learning about district policies and procedures.

Each volunteer will provide at least 50 hours of service during the next year.

Volunteers may assist at district activities, such as mayor's picnics, Newt Day, Bug Fest, native plant sales, Nature Days in the Park, summer concerts, summer camp field trips, preschool programs and Nature Mobile events.

Volunteers may receive additional training to widen the scope of their expertise in natural resource topics, such as bugs, wildflowers and animal tracks.

'Volunteers will assist in environmental education activities and help us provide a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors to connect with nature throughout the Beaverton area," said Melissa Marcum, volunteer coordinator for the park district's Natural Resources Department. 'This is all about giving adult volunteers a chance to get more involved with the district's environmental education program. We see this as a stepping stone to the creation of a volunteer naturalist program."

For more information and to register for the training session, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.