In many ways volunteers are the heart of our organization and are essential for Bernheim’s success in fulfilling our mission of connecting people with nature. There are a variety of ways people of all ages can volunteer at Bernheim. From more rugged trail work, to gardening, to the reception desk at the Education Center, to helping with youth programming, Bernheim has outdoor and indoor opportunities for everyone.
Our volunteer opportunities include (but are not limited to):
- Volunteer Gardener
- Trail Ranger
- Visitor Center Volunteer
- Education Volunteer (scroll down for more information about our award winning Volunteer Naturalist program)
Interesting in taking your volunteering to the next level? Get certified to become a Volunteer Naturalist!
Bernheim’s award-winning Naturalist in Training (NIT) Program provides volunteers with an in depth learning and service experience. The NIT program begins each winter and creates a volunteer community through an inspired curriculum where volunteers will greatly increase their knowledge of the local environment. That knowledge can then be used to lead various Bernheim educational programs and lead hands-on discovery stations at Bernheim events and programs. NITs are required to volunteer at least 60 hours per year.
Don’t have 60 hours to volunteer? Become a Naturalist Assistant and work with our Education team to enhance our visitors’ experiences.
Volunteer Naturalists will have the opportunity to volunteer in the following capacities:
- Fire Tower Guide
- Discovery Station Leader
- Field Trip and Group Tour Leader
For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Renée Hutchison via email or at (502) 215-7148.
Individual volunteers should be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Those younger than 16 are encouraged to volunteer with their families or with a student group (i.e. FFA, Scouts,etc). Call for details about these opportunities.