Nature Guides Needed in Volcano

Volcano Art Center (VAC) seeks environmental-minded volunteers who can devote a minimum of two hours per month, either on Saturday or Monday mornings, guiding visitors and residents through a unique, historic section of native Hawaiian rain forest in Volcano Village.

Niaulani Nature Walk guides sharing the importance of Hawaiian Rain Forests

The three hour-long session readies potential guides for weekly one hour long “Niaulani Nature Walks,” which have been running strong every Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. since 2006. Guides are granted the opportunity to also help lead Saturday tours, from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to be initiated in May of 2012. These tours provide thousands of local and global visitors a chance to experience and learn about one of the last intact, accessible examples of this forest type remaining in the entire state.

On the day of the training, attendees are offered an intensive written and oral explanation of the concepts intended to be communicated to visitors, such as Niaulani’s natural history and cultural uses of its components. After the training, attendees are encouraged to follow on more tours until they get a general understanding of the forest, a feel for the flow of interpretational information, are comfortable communicating it to groups, and can commit to begin leading walks on their own. For officially scheduled guides, VAC provides an extensive 90-page illustrated narrative further detailing the ecology and history of the forest. VAC also has a volunteer reward program based on hours accumulated annually.

The April 28 training is held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus, at 19-4014 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Registration for the training is required and space is limited. If you are interested in being part of these exciting educational tours please contact Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or programs@volcanoartcenter.org.

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