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CNC seeks Trail Guide vols for children's program


Volunteers interested in teaching children about nature and conserving natural resources are invited to attend the Outdoor Classroom Guide Training meeting from 8:30 am to noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Cibolo Nature Center auditorium.

This spring, volunteers will help staff the Cibolo Nature Center's award-winning Outdoor Classroom program as Trail Guides, leading children in fun, educational activities designed to teach them about the natural world and conserving natural resources.

An introduction to the program for prospective volunteers, the meeting, which includes breakfast, will demonstrate the new Volgistics program that makes signing up for Outdoor Classroom assignments easier for volunteers. No formal teaching experience is necessary - simply an appreciation for nature and children.

Register online for the free training at To learn more, contact Mary Gomillion, the CNC's director of children's education, at 830-249-4616.

The Cibolo Nature Center's Outdoor Classroom is a nationally recognized program that serves schools in the public and private sectors, as well as home-school groups. Curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grades emphasizes conservation of natural resources, addresses scientific concepts and is fully aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. In addition to science, the curriculum integrates math, reading, writing and social studies. All are taught through a variety of hands-on activities that appeal to a wide range of learning styles.

The Outdoor Classroom is made possible through the dedication of volunteer Trail Guides who are trained in the curriculum by certified science teachers. New guides will shadow veteran guides in the delivery of the curriculum until they feel comfortable leading activities. Four Trail Guides lead each group of 40-60 students on four different activities that teach the selected curriculum topic. The 30-minute activities are divided into four consecutive rotations to help focus the children's attention and energy on their outdoor learning experience.

The Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne is located on 162 acres of natural lands at Boerne City Park off Highway 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit

Pictured: Courtesy photo
A volunteer assisted a student study aquatic life in Cibolo Creek during the award-winning Outdoor Classroom program at the Cibolo Nature Center.