RE: COVID-19: (Updated March 16, 2020)
Thank you so much for your interest in our Volunteer Instructor Training training events on April 6th and 14th. Along with everyone in our community/state/country/world, Whidbey Watershed Stewards is changing our programming plans for the spring, and imploring everyone to stay home as much as possible during this time.
Due to South Whidbey School District’s decision to close beginning March 16th through April 24th due to the novel Corona Virus, we will not be hosting our training events, nor our regular programming for school groups this Spring (see SWSD’s message here).
Our organization is currently brainstorming potential opportunities that we could offer IF schools reopen beginning on April 27, and whether or not it is reasonable to reschedule volunteer trainings for a later date. If any reasonable options stand out, we will reach back out to our volunteer base. Those options are dependent, of course, on significant positive change in public health, of which we are very hopeful by end of April.
Thank you so much for your interest in Whidbey Watershed Stewards’ Spring programming at the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom. We sincerely hope to see you in a future season, and in the meantime we wish you good health, and that you seize this opportunity to slow down and connect with family and (virtually) with friends. Stay home, and wash your hands!
Share your love of the environment! Outdoor Classroom Volunteer Teachers Needed
Volunteers provide school aged children in our community memorable half-day nature experiences at the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom.
Join the talented crew of Outdoor Classroom volunteer teachers and help make these rich experiences happen. Whidbey Watershed Stewards staff provide the lesson plans, training, and all the tools you need to be successful! No formal teaching experience is necessary, though experience with elementary aged children is a plus.
Two opportunities for Spring 2020 Volunteer Teacher Training are on:
- Monday, April 6th from 9am-3:30pm
- Tuesday, April 14th from 9am-3:30pm
Lunch and good conversation provided!
At the training we will do the lessons together, get a chance to explore the facility and get to know each other. The training will start at 9:00 am and wrap up by 3:00 pm with lunch provided. You will be given a printed packet of lessons to take with you.
We will also dedicate the first few days of the season to observation days giving you the chance to see the lessons taught. Amy is working out the schedule with visiting classes and will get those dates to you via the online tool “Sign Up Genius” as soon as they are set.
The Outdoor Classroom is a South Whidbey School District facility, which requires all our volunteers to submit to a background check. Please go to any South Whidbey School or District office with your photo ID to complete your background check prior to any of your volunteer instruction days.
The classroom is located at 7015 Maxwelton Rd, Clinton.
The Spring activities will focus on the Forest Ecosystem. Lesson details will be shared at the trainings.
On any given teaching day, each volunteer instructor runs one particular lesson/station and will see four small groups of students as they rotate through our stations. Students come in classes so one day you might work with first grades and another day 5th grades. You choose the lesson you would like to lead, the age group and the dates that work for you. It is helpful to volunteer for one teaching day per week, or more if available.
The spring season will run from April 21 – June 5th, from approximately 9:00 am -1:30 pm each weekday.
To sign up or for more information, contact Outdoor Classroom Coordinator Amy McInerney at email@example.com