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Bay Interpretive Training Program
Nature Education Volunteer Training at the Berkeley Waterfront

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Frequently Asked Questions  

What exactly would I be doing? 

Training sessions allow you to first experience the education program as a student. Docents learn interesting background information on all the topics covered, then you experience the hands on learning stations where we teach you how to interact with the students. 

School programs begin in November with the fish program. You will assist with the set-up of the room, learn about the background of the class, watch and listen to them learn and answer questions during group presentation. After the break you will run one of the 4 hands-on stations, interpreting the wildlife and or walking tours,and be part of the wrap up where we discuss the challenges and highlights we had with that day's class and brainstorm improvements.

Programs include Birds, Fish, Marine Mammals, Bay Scientist, Low Tide Walks, and Sailing trips. You can also assist on weekends during our monthly shoreline clean-ups, special events like the Berkeley Bay Festival. You're guaranteed to have fun, make new friends, and learn new things! 

What days and times do you need me? 
Training sessions are Thursdays and Fridays 9:00am-12:00pm. School groups are scheduled during the week (generally Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) from 9:00am to 1:00pm. You are not required to sign up for every school program, but the docent trainings and a commitment of least two classes per subject is ideal. Help is also appreciated during our special events and shoreline clean-ups on weekends 

I really love the outdoors but have never worked with children. Will this program help me learn to teach? 
Yes, when you begin the training in October we give you specific instructional techniques for the age groups we work with at the Nature Center. Throughout the course of the school year we will review and practice teaching techniques both for the age of the group participating and for the subject matter being taught. Naturalists teach the main part of the program, you will help run a station and work with small groups of children.

I just moved to the Bay area, will this program teach me about the local ecosystem?
Yes, you will learn about the dynamic ecosystem that is the San Francisco Bay Estuary. More specifically you will learn about its birds, fish, marine mammals, and the intertidal life found here at the Berkeley Waterfront. You will also have the opportunity to experience
 the Bay from a sailboat.  

I just discovered this program and have missed some of the trainings. Do I have to wait until next year to start? 
No! You can start anytime. We train interested individuals throughout the year. You can observe a class first and see if it is for you. We will give you background materials and train you as we go. Any interested individuals are welcome to be part of our program. 
 View our list of scheduled training days here.

Can I bring a friend to join me?
Yes, please spread the word about this wonderful program! Interested individuals are welcome to come to any trainings or to observe a class.  

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