Volunteer Opportunities

If you enjoy the outdoors and sharing your love of nature with others, then you will definitely enjoy volunteering at the Louisville Nature Center! Consider one of our many volunteering opportunities at the Louisville Nature Center this summer and help with our summer camps.

We host nature related camps for many ages and across many interests.

For more information contact Tracy Slone at tracy.slone@louisvillenaturecenter.org

 

 
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education program volunteers

Like working with kids?  We’re always looking for engaging and enthusiastic Volunteer Education Assistants to work along with the LNC staff presenting nature programs and leading hikes through Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve for schools, scouts, and those interested in nature education.  Education volunteers assist in the classroom, lead hikes, and take small groups to the bird blind and garden. You needn’t have teacher experience, and you will receive training and have shadowing opportunities prior to working with our students and campers. Education volunteers should be able to help during week days for up to 3-hours at a time.

 

restore the forest
by Rosemary Bauman

If you’ve hiked the trails lately, you may have noticed some big changes – much less bush honeysuckle and other invasive plants in the Red Maple loop and Prather Road areas. Also, a lot of red flags on small trees and shrubs. What’s going on? These changes are part of “Restore the Forest”, a new volunteer initiative to reclaim the diversity of native plants in our urban forest. We are removing invasive plants, planting young native trees and shrubs, and monitoring native plant regeneration. The red flags allow monitoring of both new plantings and naturally occurring natives, and have led to some important observations about the state of our forest:

  1. Deer browsing is a major factor inhibiting regeneration of young trees. Deer favorites include hackberry, sugar maple, red maple, black cherry and oaks.
  2. Spicebush and Pawpaw (neither browsed by deer) are able to spread clonal and are regenerating much faster than expected when released from the heavy shade of bush honeysuckle. Forest restoration also benefits human visitors.

The forest is a more pleasant place to walk in with open spaces, better views and a lush, diverse ground cover. But we need your help to continue! Many groups have already stepped up to help, including UPS and Boy Scout troop 42 (tree planting), students from St Francis High School, Bellarmine College Biology Club, Western High School, Kentucky Country Day, Sacred Heart School, and Beargrass Creek Alliance. Volunteer workdays are on specific Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the spring and fall. Volunteers must pre-register to participate. Please check our website for more info and to register as a volunteer.

 
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Various volunteer opportunities

The Nature Center also has the need for help with office work, cleaning, gardening, and other jobs for which no training is required. Almost any skill is needed and appreciated at LNC, including:

  • Help maintain the native plant and butterfly gardens
  • Help rid the nature preserve of exotic and invasive plants
  • Help repair and maintain trails
  • Maintain the bird feeders and pond
  • Cleaning the nature center facilites
  • Assist with special events
  • Design and build educational displays
  • Assist with clerical work and answering phones
  • Perform maintenance and carpentry services

We look forward to meeting you and appreciate your interest in helping us provide nature education and encourage stewardship in an urban forest!!

To sign up to be a volunteer with LNC, complete the applicable forms below and send or bring to the LNC office at:

3745 Illinois Ave. Louisville, Ky. 40213

For questions you can contact Tracy Slone at tracy.slone@louisvillenaturecenter.org

Click and print an application

Adult Volunteer Application

Volunteer Information Card

Background Check

Teen Volunteer Application