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Volunteer Opportunity Highlight: Nature Center

Apr 20, 2009

Teen VolunteerIf you’re interested in playing a role in keeping Missouri’s nature green, clean and healthy, you might consider the many ways to volunteer through the Missouri Department of Conservation. This is National Volunteer Week, so it seems the right time to highlight some opportunities open for you around the state.

If you live near St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City, Springfield, Cape Girardeau or Winona, you might consider volunteering at one of our Missouri Conservation Nature Centers. These offer visitors walking trails, exhibits and programs of all sorts to connect them to the outdoors. Volunteers can help out in a variety of ways that fit their interests; that might include greeting visitors, leading a nature hike, maintaining gardens, designing signs or reading stories to the kids’ club members.

VolunteerI just attended the “graduation” of the latest group of new volunteers at Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City. It included everyone from high school students to retirees. At a recent Conservation Commission meeting, two volunteers from another nature center were honored for their more than 2,000 hours of service. It’s a great way to get involved with a wonderful group of people doing something of value. I’ll highlight other ways to volunteer later this week.

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