HJC Volunteer Application & Orientation RSVP: Spring 2019
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Heart-J Center at Sylvan Dale for our spring 2019 outdoor education season.
It's volunteers like you that make it possible to serve our local youth -- giving kids the chance to get outside the classroom, explore nature and history, ignite new interests and gain self-confidence!
Volunteer Orientation and BBQ is Saturday, April 13th, 1-5pm. This event is for both new and returning volunteers and it should be a fun and informative day.
We'll use the information gathered from this application form to track RSVP's for Orientation Day and also to begin draft scheduling for the outdoor education programs in April and May. This form will also help us learn more about your specific areas of interest.
We're looking forward to seeing you soon!
The Heart-J Center Team
Volunteer Opportunity Summary:
Volunteer Opportunity Summary:
The Heart-J Center provides k-12 students the chance to get out of the classroom and immerse themselves in fun and challenging activities that embrace natural history, outdoor skills, art, leadership skills, team building and more. In general, the activities we offer for outdoor ed field trip are customized to meet the needs of each group, however, we’re looking to balance group needs with offering activities based on the interests and strengths of our volunteers. Therefore, if you have a particular area of interest that you don’t see listed in the application, let us know and we’ll see if it might be a good fit for some of our programming!
During our spring/fall outdoor ed seasons, we offer programs for groups up to 300 k-12 students (most are middle school and high school students). A more typical group size is 70-80 children, staying onsite for between 3-6 hours. For programming, we split the visiting students into smaller groups of 10-25 children, where the groups then rotate through activities led by our volunteer educators.
We usually offer between 4 - 6 activity themes for each outdoor ed day (i.e. hiking, wildlife talk, archery, eco-art, challenge course, river ecology, etc.). Depending on group size, activity sections can last anywhere from 25 to 55 minutes before the next group rotates in.
With the guidance of the HJC program manager, volunteers are responsible for designing and delivering their own programming. Volunteers must be self-directed, have strong organizational skills, and have the ability to execute a plan. With that said, the groups are fun, the stakes are pretty low and our outdoor ed programming offers the perfect setting to develop and hone your skills as a educator, facilitator, and leader!
Check out the video to learn more about outdoor education at the Heart-J Center
RSVP for Volunteer Orientation & BBQ: Saturday, April 13, 1pm - 5pm
I'll be there...can't wait!
I'm sorry, I'm unable to make it but I still want to volunteer!
Spring 2019 Schedule: Select all dates you are able to volunteer. Note: volunteers should be able to commit to at least one of the dates below
Friday, April 19 - Webber Middle School 6th Grade - 9:30am - 1:15pm - 265 Students (volunteers at 8:45am)
Wednesday, May 15 - Burlington Elementary School - 9:00am-2:00pm - 80 Students (volunteers at 8:00am)
Friday, May 17 - South Valley School - 9:15am-2:15pm - 70 Students (volunteers at 8:15am)
Monday, May 20 - Bauder Elementary 5th Grade - 9:30am to 1:30pm - 45 Students (volunteers at 8:30am)
Tuesday, May 21 - Bauder Elementary 5th Grade - 9:30am to 1:30pm - 45 Students (volunteers at 8:30am)
Thursday, May 23 - Franklin Middle School 8th Grade -10:00am-2:00pm - 80 Students (volunteers at 9:00am)
Please note the specific skill areas you are interested in facilitating and/or teaching (check all that apply).
Challenge Course Facilitation (low angle)
Wildlife & Natural History
Horses (helping students connect with horses - not riding)
Archery (must be certified instructor)
Art (eco-art, water color, chalk, etc.)
Map & Compass
Yoga (for kids!)
Native American History
Are you able and willing to pass the required HJC provided background check?
How did you learn about Heart-J Center volunteer opportunities?
Returning Heart-J Center Volunteer
Sylvan Dale Ranch
CU Boulder - Presidents Leadership Class
Colorado State University
University of Northern Colorado
Front Range Community College
Red Rocks Community College
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