We need your help to continue the work of providing quality outdoor science education to the Prescott community. Volunteers go above and beyond to bring enthusiasm, energy, and time to enhance our community. Highlands Center volunteers assist with every facet of the organization from programming to staff support to maintaining our facilities. Volunteers are the foundation of our excellence; we rely heavily on your life skills and time to maintain our sterling reputation and provide a unique and valuable service.
Join Our Team
We believe that everyone has a fundamental need to connect with the natural world. This connection is fostered by the Center through science education based on observation and discovery of the Central Arizona Highlands. Help children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land. If you have a few hours a month or a few days a week to volunteer, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities for you to choose from.
During the past year Highlands Center for Natural History volunteers:
- Logged over 9,000 hours of volunteer time
- Provided nearly 700 hours conducting fuels reductions and facilities maintenance projects on site
- Had 12,000 contacts with individuals through events and programs
- Had over 9,000 contacts days with children through the Schoolyard Habitat Program
- Provided over 1,600 hours as docents
Highlands Hosts – Volunteer in the Nature Store, greet visitors and introduce them to the Center. Hosts are responsible for providing a quality visitor experience in a friendly and knowledgeable manner. Hosts project a professional appearance, answering questions regarding current information about the Highlands Center and its programs and ringing up store merchandise.
Naturalists – Help promote the Highlands Center by leading guided walks and facilitating educational programs for the public both on and off site. Additionally naturalists may write blog articles for the Highlands Center web site and serve to educate fellow Highlands Center volunteers. This is an opportunity to inspire curiosity in others and provide them with the opportunity to care for the many species with which we share this land.
Docents – Docents volunteer to lead educational nature-based programs for elementary school children who come to the Highlands Center for Natural History for field trips. They facilitate and teach the programs for Kinder, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. See more information about this volunteer opportunity below!
Schoolyard Habitat Volunteers – Volunteer at partner elementary school sites throughout the Prescott and Quad Cities area assisting our Schoolyard Habitat Coordinator and local teachers with the organization of science lessons in the outdoor classroom and/or planting and maintaining the native plants in the habitat gardens.
Event Volunteers – Events volunteers complete a broad range of tasks to support the Highlands Center for Natural History’s events. Our annual Plant Sale, Shakespeare in the Pines, Halloween Happening and other special events require a variety of support roles from parking attendants, to greeters and from children’s craft volunteers to cashiers.
Office Assistant– The Office Assistant helps the Membership Database and Volunteer Coordinator with mailings, filing, data entry and word processing. The Office Assistant works with other staff to assist with a variety of tasks as assigned.
Maintenance Assistant – Help the Center keep up their beautiful trails, landscapes, and building. Assist our Facilities Manager on a regular basis or for special project workdays.
Don’t see a role that fits your skills or interests but would like to volunteer? Give us a call, come talk to us or fill out an application and we’ll discuss how the Highlands Center for Natural History can use your help. We are open to creating volunteer opportunities to fit your talents and experience.
Become a Docent
Field trips for Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades
Highlands Center Docents are leaders within our school field trip programs and direct their energy and time towards the children of our community, deepening their efforts to support more futures than just that of our organization.
The field trips run at our Lynx Creek site, which functions as a microcosm of the larger systems in Arizona and the perfect outdoor location for the scientific study of the natural world. Docents incorporate their own passions with the mysteries our natural world, and provide the opportunity to nurture a deep learning experience for children and parents attending our school field trips.
Volunteers transition to docents through a semester training and peer mentor program. During this training volunteers develop an understanding of our local natural history, cultivate techniques to inspire children and enhance their awareness of nature, and join an incredible team. At the completion of training, volunteers graduate as Docents who continue on to lead hands-on outdoor activities and trail explorations during school field trips.
As our community grows, so does the need for the expansion of outdoor experiences -experiences that foster an appreciation for our natural world. The Highlands Center is experiencing increased demand, and increased demand increases our need for a larger docent team. We are looking to our community members who have the interest and passion to join that team. School field trips are only one of many volunteer opportunities that incorporate instruction, exploration, and learning. So if you share our passion in creating opportunities for the development of deep connections for children and adults with the natural world, join us. Together we can continue to educate and cultivate wise caretakers of our land, keeping our environment healthy.