Natural Lands Trust Recruiting for Hands-on “Force of Nature” Volunteer Program
Media, Pa. (May 12, 2014) – Natural Lands Trust today announced that the organization is accepting applications for its “Force of Nature” volunteer training program, which educates and trains participants to serve as volunteer project leaders and ambassadors for the regional land conservation organization.
“More than 60 years ago, a group of volunteers who were passionate about our region’s wild places founded Natural Lands Trust,” said Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands Trust. “To honor their legacy, we established the Force of Nature volunteer program in 2011.”
Force of Nature is a comprehensive, hands-on training and service experience through which participants learn natural resource management and outreach skills from Natural Lands Trust’s experts, and then give back as a valued volunteer. Over the course of five training sessions, Force of Nature participants learn about tree planting and care, habitat management, invasive plant identification and removal, bluebird nest box building and monitoring, and more.
Following their training, graduates are asked to dedicate at least four hours per month for a minimum of five months at one (or more) of Natural Lands Trust’s 42 nature preserves.The preserves are located throughout suburban Philadelphia, the Poconos, and the New Jersey bayshore.
In its first three years, more than 80 people have joined Force of Nature.
“Being involved in Force of Nature allows me to channel my passion for the environment and help others gain a better appreciation for nature,” says program graduate Brian Delphus. “And I’ve made some great friends with fellow volunteers who share my love of the natural world.”
Training sessions for the 2014-2015 class will be begin in October, 2014, and continue through March on the third Saturday of each month (excluding December). A complete training schedule is available online at natlands.org/volunteer/force-of-nature.
The registration deadline for the 2014-2015 class is August 1, 2014. Learn more and apply at natlands.org/volunteer, or contact Debbie Beer, engagement manager, at 610-353-5587 ext 266. Program information and an application are available at natlands.org/volunteer/force-of-nature or by calling Debbie Beer, engagement manager, at 610-353-5587 ext. 266.
Natural Lands Trust is the region’s foremost land conservation organization and is dedicated to protecting the forests, fields, streams, and wetlands that are essential to the sustainability of life in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Since its founding in 1953, Natural Lands Trust has preserved more than 100,000 acres, including 42 nature preserves totaling more than 22,000 acres. Today, millions of residents enjoy the healthy habitats, clean air and water, bountiful recreational opportunities, and scenic beauty provided by the lands the organization has preserved. For more information, visit www.natlands.org.