Volunteer Naturalist Training January-March, 2013

You can become a Volunteer Naturalist at the tide pools! While the 2013 volunteer naturalist training is underway now, information about the 2014 class will be available in September. Please check back in September to find the details for the 2014 Training Clss. Here are the topics that are being covered in this year’s training:

2013 FFMR Training Class Topics.  All Classes: 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday.

  • Class Overview; FFMR; History of FMR; Phyla Overview; Tides and Zonation; Class trip to FMR
  • Cnidarians; Echinoderms; trip to FMR
  • Sponges; Bryozoans; Tunicates; Marine Worms; trip to Pillar Pt. Harbor
  • Arthropods; trip to FMR
  • Marine Mammals; Chordates
  • Algae; trip to FMR
  • Mollusks; trip to FMR
  • Interpretive Techniques; Teaching Strategies
  • Tidepool Ecosystems; trip to FMR
Linda Ciotti

Linda Ciotti, Volunteer Coordinator

If you missed the training but still want to help, there are a number of jobs for which training is not required.  Visit the Volunteers page or contact Volunteer Coordinator Linda Ciotti at L8428@aol.com, or (650) 728-0129.

2013 FFMR Training Class Schedule

All Classes: 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Jan 5: Class Overview; FFMR; History of FMR; Phyla Overview; Tides and Zonation; Class trip to FMR

Jan 12: Cnidarians; Echinoderms; trip to FMR

Jan 19: Sponges; Bryozoans; Tunicates; Marine Worms; trip to Pillar Pt. Harbor

Jan 26: Arthropods; trip to FMR

Feb 2: Marine Mammals; Chordates

Feb 9: Algae; trip to FMR

Feb 23: Mollusks; trip to FMR

Mar 2: Interpretive Techniques; Teaching Strategies

Mar 9: Tidepool Ecosystems; trip to FMR

2 Responses to “Volunteer Naturalist Training January-March, 2013”

  1. janet gilles says:

    What do trained volunteers do?

    Thanks,

    Janet

    • admin says:

      Hi Janet –
      Here’s what we say on our “Join Us” page:
      Our volunteer naturalists lead tours of the intertidal environment, help with Family Fun Day events, and interact with members of the public to bring the wonders of the reserve to life and foster a sense of stewardship. Our volunteers help the San Mateo County Department of Parks protect our rich and unique intertidal environment.

      Our volunteers interact with school children and the general public visiting FMR. Weekday volunteers lead tours for school groups. On weekends and holidays, volunteers lead tours or interact with drop-in visitors.

      Volunteers are required to volunteer a minimum of 6 hours per month during the busy season (January through June), and 4 hours per month July through December. Docents must be physically capable of navigating the rocks and reef and must be over 17 years old.

      Our training class for becoming a volunteer naturalist covers marine biology, ecology, and interpretive strategies. The 2013 classes will be held on Saturday afternoons January through March. The cost of the trainings is $50.00. Visit the “Join Us” page on the website for more information.

      If you missed the class but still want to help out, there are volunteer opportunities that do not require naturalist training. These include contributing photos and articles to our web site and running beach cleanups. Contact volunteer(at)fitzgeraldreserve.org for more information.