The nature organization Openlands has put out a call for volunteers to help children’s interest in the natural world take flight.
Specifically, they’re hoping to find more Latino and Spanish-speaking volunteers to lead the Birds in My Neighborhood program, which educates kids on native birds through in-school lessons and field trips.
“We use birds as little ambassadors to nature that are just everywhere,” said Jessica Fong, Openlands director of education. “We really want children to see people excited about nature, who are guiding them through this exploration and discovery, who look like them and sound like them.”
Fong says people interested in volunteering shouldn’t let a lack of bird knowledge stop them from taking a look at the program.
“You don’t have birding experience to be a volunteer, we’ll train them. So they’ll also learn a lot along the way themselves,” she said.
Volunteer applications for the Birds in my Neighborhood program close on Dec. 30.