Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up to join the Children’s Program Volunteer Team!

Connect children and families to nature!  Working closely with staff, you’ll engage children of all ages through hands-on, nature-based programming, in formal and informal settings.  The approach is physically active and arts-infused.  You’ll be based outside in the Children’s Garden, with exploration into the nearby natural environment.  From seasonal nature games, hiking, biking, gardening and citizen science to loose parts play, outdoor cooking and nature crafts, you’ll be nurturing young people to explore and discover for themselves.  We’ve got four different roles to help out in the children’s garden this season:

  • Outdoor Teaching Assistant: curriculum-based education programs on Tuesday-Fridays (visiting schools, home school groups) during the school year (usually 9 am – 3 pm), commit to 3 days per month for a season.  Working with students from  kindergarten to grade 6, you’ll grow your teaching skills!
  • Nature Nut Kids’ Club Assistant: Eight week seasonal Saturday program for children aged 5-12, commit to mornings or afternoons (2-3 hrs) for the session (some flexibility).   Next session dates are April 1 – June 3.
  • Children's Garden Nature Play Animator: drop in Saturday, Sunday and holiday programs for children and families of all ages, commit to 3 half-day shifts a month for a season, afternoons especially needed.  Connect urban youngsters to nature!
  • Sprouts Program Assistant: Eight week parent and tot (ages 2-4) program on Monday (sometimes Tues) mornings, commit to one full session (some flexibility). 

By being a part of the Children’s Program volunteer team, you’ll be inspiring children of all ages to discover with and care for the natural world around them, while building your own knowledge and skills.

What you bring: You love working with people, especially kids, are a committed team player with a can-do attitude.  You’re creative, enthusiastic and adaptable.  You are interested in place-based, hands-on learning and contributing to the ongoing development of programs and your own learning.  You love fun, social, outdoor settings (all weather) and want to share the joys of nature and gardening with children and families.  You are aged 15 or older.

Assets (but not required) could include experience in: urban agriculture, fire tending, outdoor cooking, first aid training, naturalist, foraging, environmental education, ecology, natural history, physical geography, music and more.

When & where: Each program is different (see details above) and we ask for a regular commitment for the duration of a program or for a season at least. Children’s programs are based at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave) with explorations into the ravine system.

How we’ll support you: You’ll get to know all about Evergreen, the Children’s Garden and all the programs at the volunteer orientation.  You’ll receive on-the-job training with staff during programs, and your first few shifts will be considered “shadow” shifts.  Staff will provide ongoing support and we’ll have regular opportunities for feedback and dialogue.  We’ll provide regular communications to you, with occasionally special learning opportunities with other volunteers and staff.

Perks: Be part of an expanding and exciting experiential fun and learning program as a valued member of the team.  You’ll build your nature-based program and teaching skills and get lots of time outside and active in a beautiful setting.  You can look forward to tasty seasonal snacks, a T-shirt after 20 hours, special discounts and volunteers social events.  References available on request. You’ll be inspiring children and see the transformative power of nature-based programs.

Good to know: Programming happens rain, sun or snow so you’ll need to come dressed or the weather, with closed-toed shoes.  All Children’s Program volunteers will be required to have an acceptable Vulnerable Sector Check (except Sprouts) and will need to provide references and in some cases have an interview.  Free shuttle bus transportation from Broadview Station is available or take the 28 Bayview bus.  Paid parking and bicycle parking available.

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