Volunteer Instructor for GSP

Volunteer instructors are individuals from all walks of life who enjoy nature and children. That’s it! No degrees required. The volunteer instructors are like you and me in that they are busy, busy, busy with only a few sporadic hours to spare. And that’s OK! Once trained, volunteer instructors set their own schedules.

Read one of our instructors’ story about why he volunteers for the program here. 

There are three steps to becoming a Guided School Program Volunteer Instructor:

  • Attend “Basic Training”
  • Attend “Lesson Specific Training”
  • Co-Teach

Each training session is held at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in the classroom at 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Coffee and bagels are ready at 9:00 on training days.

Co-Teaching is set by you, when your schedule allows.

Currently there are four training sessions a year. Each session focuses on the lessons that are appropriate for the given season.

Fall and Spring trainings are held in September and April/May respectively.

Explorers, Birds, Insects, Animal Signs, Stream Life and World of Pond are the lessons we offer in the Fall and Spring. Winter trainings are held in January for Here Comes Winter, Winter Challenge and Snowshoeing.

Marvelous Maples and Advanced Maples’ training is held in March right about the time of the thaw.

If you would like further information regarding how to become a Friends of Five Rivers’ Volunteer Instructor or specific training dates, please email the Guided School Program Coordinator at gsp5rivers@outlook.com.

For a complete description of the Volunteer Instructor click here.


56 Game Farm Rd., Delmar, NY 12054
For Educational Program Information, email:  education@FriendsofFiveRivers.org
For General Information, email:  info@FriendsofFiveRivers.org
Phone:  (518) 475-0295

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