WINONA, Mo. – Missouri Department of Conservation volunteers are a vital part of the conservation community. Naturalists at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center are calling on volunteers to help prepare the facility for the spring season.
Specifically, volunteers are needed to help teach nature programs, bait hooks and help out at the kid's fishing pond, prepare the native landscaping around the center, clean the trail and help with other general tasks.
"We have a small staff, so it would be great if we could build our volunteer force to help bring in the spring season," said Erin Tuttle, naturalist and volunteer coordinator at Twin Pines.
Volunteers must be 14 years or older and have an appreciation for nature, Tuttle said.
Volunteers should contact the center by March 20 to allow time for applications to be completed before the next scheduled volunteer meeting.
"Don't worry if you don't know much about native plants or how to do certain things. We'll teach you along the way," she said. "Learning new things is part of the fun of volunteering."
Twin Pines has a visitor center, a kid's only fishing pond, hiking trails, archery range, outside exhibits, a 1900's school house, antique forestry equipment, and forest management demonstration areas. The facility serves school groups, youth organizations and the general public by highlighting the unique natural features of the Ozarks, such as logging history and the importance of forests.
For more information about Twin Pines, including a full schedule of nature programs, go online to mdc.mo.gov/TwinPines. To volunteer, call (573) 325-1381.