If you have a passion for education and making a difference in students' lives, we would love to have you as a volunteer!
Family Nature Nights
One of our favorite aspects of the SOLE program is hosting a Family Nature Night at each of our SOLE schools. The goal of these Family Nature Night’s is to involve, not only the students, but also their families in outdoor and nature-related learning and fun. This free, festival-style event allows families to visit with partner organizations, who provide fun, hands-on activity stations for students and families to experience. We also offer free pizza and beverages! Half-way through the event, families gather in the cafeteria for a raffle with the possibility of winning prizes such as outdoor gear (tents, fishing poles, etc.) and a Colorado Parks and Wildlife gift certificate that can be used to buy an annual state parks pass.
Volunteers help out in any of the following areas at Family Nature Night:
Welcome Table- Greet families, provide information about the event, and hand out raffle tickets to the kids
Wildlife Trivia Wheel- Quiz students with wildlife related questions
Archery- National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) certified volunteers may instruct archery for students. Non-certified volunteers may help with line management and eye dominance.
Backyard Bass- An introduction to fishing without using hooks! Plastic fish are laid on the ground and students practice their casting skills.
Generation Wild- A GOCO initiative, this table involves a list of 100 things children should do before they turn 12. Activities at this table vary by season (jumping game and animal calls)
Family Nature Nights take place on week nights, typically around 5:00-7:00pm. We ask volunteers to arrive 30 minutes beforehand to help set up and get familiar with their station. We ask volunteers to sign-up and help at a minimum of 1 Family Nature Night a year.
Volunteers encourage children to try 100 Things to do Before You're 12. Our Generation Wild table features some of those items: Make a Crayon Leaf Rubbing, Identify Animals by their Tracks, and more!
We accept volunteers all across the state of Colorado! If interested, please e-mail and register as a CPW volunteer on the volunteer database. https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Volunteers/Pages/Opportunities.aspx#/
* All volunteers must go through a background check to volunteer with SOLE*
Backyard Bass is a great introduction to fishing! Volunteers help kids learn how to cast and reel in fish.
Our Wildlife Trivia Wheel is always a hit! Ask students and their families pre-made questions and hand out prizes.
NASP Certified volunteers may instruct archery with one of our staff members. For non-certified volunteers, we often need help with line management and teaching kids their eye dominance.