The Yolo Basin Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife, is looking for new docents for its popular Discover the Flyway school program.
Potential volunteers should have an interest in conservation, a desire to learn more about the flora and fauna of local wetlands and the enthusiasm to share this knowledge with children. Although the program is available for kindergarten through 12th-grade classes, the majority of the students who visit are in the primary grades.
“Discover the Flyway’s goal is to offer children a meaningful outdoor experience at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area east of Davis that will give them an appreciation for the wetlands, agriculture and wildlife of the Central Valley and contribute to a lifetime of healthy outdoor activities and development of a land stewardship ethic,” a news release said.
Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two weekday mornings a month during the school year and be willing to work in a variety of outdoor conditions. Activities require light lifting and minor physical activity.
Training takes place over a two-week period and consists of four sessions on Sept. 10, 12, 17 and 19. Sessions run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will take place at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in South Davis, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road).
Pre-registration is required. There is no fee for this training, but Yolo Basin Foundation membership is encouraged.
To RSVP for the training series, contact Michael Herrera, volunteer coordinator, at MHerrera@yolobasin.org or 530-758-1018. More information about Yolo Basin Foundation and the Discover the Flyway program is available at www.yolobasin.org.