Meets: Armstrong Redwoods Volunteer Center/ Stewards Office
What: Do you want to make a difference at schools, fairs, festivals and community events by educating the public about Russian River State Parks, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and the diverse natural and cultural resources stewarded within by volunteers? Are you interested in driving the Steward Ship or just participating in retail sales or outreach at festivals that reach a broad public on issues of education, conservation and stewardship (pardon the pun)? Attend this orientation to learn how Steward's Staff and Steward Ship Volunteers instruct.
The morning will cover the logistics of events, festivals and outreach opportunities attended by the Steward Ship (the wonderfully colorful van that usually can be found sitting in front of the Volunteer Center in Armstrong Redwoods).
Volunteers can help in three capacities: Interpretation, Retail and Outreach.
- Interpretation is done in a variety of capacities that includes the decomposition timeline, doing art activities with children and youth and interpreting the materials in the van (seabirds, marine mammals, owls…etc.). Additionally, we are open to docents doing their own thing such as bringing items to talk about Bats or Mushrooms for example.
- Retail is pretty straightforward; volunteers usually participate in selling items and collecting payment for various merchandise that is sold at events.This aspect is very important because it is usually how we make back our costs to attend events.
- Outreach volunteers talk about Stewards, Volunteer Opportunities and our programs/events/orientations and try to get sign-ups for our e-news or volunteer orientations.
In the afternoon we will focus on learning more about the operation of the van, safety at events, logistics of merchandise set up and more depth on how to do the interpretation, retail and outreach. For this portion we will set up the van as if we are at an event and demonstrate the different tasks. We will also host driving tests and training for those interested in driving the van to events (please bring your insurance, driver’s license and a copy of your driving record which is available on the DMV website for a small fee of $3 if you want to learn to drive the van).
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