Join us for our upcoming Nature Guide Orientation!

Day & Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

Time: 4:30-6:00 PM

Place: Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Pavilion

For a calendar of trainings, click here. For a description of trainings, click here.

Nature Guiding

Join our team of dedicated volunteers and become a Nature Guide with us! Share your knowledge and love of the outdoors with local elementary students. In spring and fall of each year, Mount Pisgah Arboretum offers a free training program for volunteers interested in becoming Nature Guides. The goal of this program is to make the students’ classroom science education come alive out on the trails and reconnect them to the natural world.

Time/Commitment: Discovery Tours field trips happen Monday-Friday 9:30-11:30am. Nature guides are asked to lead a minimum of one morning tour per week during the school program (mid-April through mid-June in spring and late September through early November in fall).

New Guide Training: Training for new Nature Guides begin every year in March and September. Training sessions are free and cover natural history, basic plant and animal ID, storytelling, environmental education games and activities, teaching techniques and group management on the trails. Guides are provided with a comprehensive training manual and will shadow an experienced guide at least once before leading a walk on their own.

Arboretum walks scheduled for the general public are free for nature guides and nature guide trainees! These walks are excellent opportunities to increase your knowledge of the natural history of the area.

To RSVP or for more details, contact Sara Spoden, Education Manager at 541-741-4110 or [email protected]

Outdoor Education Internship

(2 – 4 credit internships available)

Get outside. Work with kids. Share your love of the outdoors!

Take a break a few times a week to come lead elementary students on guided tours at Mount Pisgah Arboretum. We’re a small nonprofit focused on educating both kids and adults about local ecology. Interns learn about the ecology of the Southern Willamette Valley and how best to work with and teach kids in an outdoor setting. After trainings, they will lead small groups of kids on 2-hour morning nature walks. Interns can also help with various other projects depending on interest and credit needs: help with our festivals, do individual sustainability projects, participate in work parties and walks, etc.

To apply: Send an email and short cover letter to [email protected]

Must be available: at least 2-weekday mornings 9am-noon

*Carpooling may be available

Questions? Contact Sara Spoden, Education Manager at (541) 741-4110 or [email protected].

Directions to Mount Pisgah Arboretum: 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. Eugene. Meet at the Education Building. Follow 30th Avenue east, over the I-5 freeway. Follow the signs to the park.