Thursday January 9, 2014
Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division has revamped its volunteer program and is looking for new volunteers in the new year! A variety of volunteer opportunities are available to support stewardship, education and recreation within natural areas across the community, including Jefferson Memorial Forest.
New volunteers will attend a two-hour orientation to learn about the various opportunities at the properties maintained by the Natural Areas Division. Volunteers will also be offered a cafeteria-style training program, where they may pick and choose topics of interest and define their own volunteering experience. Classes are designed to train each volunteer in a specific area of interest, allowing the volunteer to become an active contributor quickly, sometimes in as little as a single three-hour session.
“We rely heavily on volunteers to help us preserve and enhance valuable community natural areas and create wonderful outdoor experiences for area children and the public,” said Bennett Knox, Jefferson Memorial Forest and Natural Areas administrator. “Changes we’ve made to our program will help us better serve those individuals who are seeking to give of their time.”
General volunteers – those who have been approved and attended orientation – are eligible to attend trail and land management project days, assist with special programs and in the Welcome Center. By choosing from among the offered trainings, a volunteer may specialize in an area of interest. Specialties can be earned to teach programs in archery, pond study, team building and many others. General volunteers will earn a Trail Team or Land Steward specialty with 10 hours of service at open project days, which opens other trainings to them such as trail construction, trail maintenance or a chance to earn an herbicide license.
The two-hour new volunteer orientation will be offered monthly. For information about the volunteer program, please email Sherry.Wright@louisvilleky.gov or view our website at www.memorialforest.com.
About Jefferson Memorial Forest:
The 6,400 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,200 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitat across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas. For more information or to volunteer, go to www.memorialforest.com.
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