Nature Guides






Thursday, March 15, 2018


Location: Mount Pisgah Arboretum Education Building


Nature Guiding

Join our team of dedicated volunteers and become a Nature Guide with us! Share your knowledge and love of the outdoors with local elementary students. In spring and fall of each year, Mount Pisgah Arboretum offers a free training program for volunteers interested in becoming Nature Guides. The goal of this program is to make the students’ classroom science education come alive out on the trails and reconnect them to the natural world.

Time/Commitment: Discovery Tours field trips happen Monday-Friday 9:30-11:30am. Nature guides are asked to lead a minimum of one morning tour per week during the school program (mid-April through mid-June in spring and late September through early November in fall).

New Guide Training: Training for new Nature Guides begin every year in March and September. Training sessions are free and cover natural history, basic plant and animal ID, storytelling, environmental education games and activities, teaching techniques and group management on the trails. Guides are provided with a comprehensive training manual and will shadow an experienced guide at least once before leading a walk on their own.

Arboretum walks scheduled for the general public are free for nature guides and nature guide trainees! These walks are excellent opportunities to increase your knowledge of the natural history of the area.

Download a printable calendar with training descriptions of Nature Guide Training for Spring 2018

To RSVP or for more details, contact Jenny Laxton, Education Manager at 541-741-4110 or

Student Internships

Spring Term 2018 – Outdoor Education Internship (2 – 4 credit internships available)

Get outside. Work with kids. Share your love of the outdoors!

Take a break from campus a few times a week to come lead elementary students on guided tours at Mount Pisgah Arboretum. We’re a small non-profit focused on educating both kids and adults about local ecology. The Arboretum is about 7 miles from campus, located in the beautiful Howard Buford Recreation Area. Spend March/April learning about the ecology of the Southern Willamette Valley and how best to work with and teach kids in an outdoor setting. Then mid-April through mid-June lead small groups of kids on 2-hour morning nature walks. Interns can also help with various other projects depending on interest and credit needs: help with our spring Wildflower Festival, participate in work parties and walks, etc.

To apply: Send an email and short cover letter to

Must be available: at least 2-weekday mornings 9am-noon

*Carpooling is available

Download a printable calendar with training descriptions of Nature Guide Training for Spring 2018

Questions? Contact Jenny Laxton, Education Manager at (541) 741-4110 or

Directions to Mount Pisgah Arboretum: 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. Eugene. Meet at the Education Building. Follow 30th Avenue east, over the I-5 freeway. Follow the signs to the park.