MAKE MORRIS ARBORETUM YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION!

If your goal in 2017 is to experience the splendor of nature, meet friendly people, get outdoor exercise, plus leave a lasting impression on the younger generation, then consider volunteering as a guide for children’s tours at Morris Arboretum. While Morris Arboretum hosts about 300 groups each year, most of the requests for guided tours come from children’s schools, camps and other organizations. The Arboretum’s 92 acres of lush gardens is ideal to connect children with plants, trees and flowers.

To meet the need for volunteer guides, Morris Arboretum designed a unique training program that offers new guides detailed classes, onsite training, mentoring, and continued support to successfully guide a tour. New guides can look forward to small classes and one-on-one training. The training and material are provided at no cost; you simply need to join the Arboretum.

Training sessions are three hours each on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout March.  Volunteers choose a primary guiding day (Monday through Friday) that they set aside. Most tours are scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. Busy months at the Arboretum are April, May, October and November. Generally, tours are from 10am to 12 noon. A minimum of 30 hours annually is expected.

Veteran guides who have more than 30 years of experience concur with research findings that link nature walks to reduction of stress, lower levels of depression, and enhanced mental health. In addition, all guides are invited to monthly continuing education workshops and field trips. Volunteers also take advantage of the extensive classes offered to the public each season at about one-half of the member rate.

One new guide recently reported: “I was reluctant to make a commitment because I did not have a background in botany or horticulture. I soon realized that the Arboretum’s trainers provided me with all the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a tour.”

Step up to the challenge and don’t delay. Get your green exercise and abundance of sunshine while making a meaningful contribution to Morris Arboretum’s young visitors.

To be considered for the next class in March 2017, download the application from www.morrisarboretum.org/volunteer and either email, bring in or mail to:  Morris Arboretum, Attn: Liza Hawley, 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118.  The deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.

 

Photo Credit:  Claire Sundquist

Photo Caption:  Take a closer look at becoming a guide for children’s tours at Morris Arboretum!  New guides may look forward to the Arboretum’s unique training program that offers detailed classes, onsite training, mentoring, and continued support to successfully guide a tour. The training and material are provided at no cost; you simply need to join the Arboretum. To be considered for the next class in March 2017, download the application from www.morrisarboretum.org/volunteer and either email, bring in or mail to:  Morris Arboretum, Attn: Liza Hawley, 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118.  The deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.  The guide pictured here is Mary Ann Smith.