Do you know a teenager who is interested in animals and conservation? Audubon Nature Institute offers a variety of opportunities for Jr. High and High School students. Audubon's dedicated youth volunteers make our mission possible, and volunteering can be a great way to get involved in our community. Each program offers a unique adventure with memories to last a lifetime!
Our youth programs include training curriculum designed to expand students’ knowledge of the natural world through hands-on learning activities, field trips and interactive sessions with animal staff. These opportunities allow students to examine various career paths as well as learn valuable work place skills including responsibility, self-confidence, accountability and public speaking. By volunteering with Audubon Nature Institute, our teens demonstrate stewardship for the environment and work together to support our purpose of Celebrating the Wonders of Nature.
New Program at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
The Jr. Naturalists will volunteer at our newly re-opened Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. Students will learn about our native animals and habitats and share this information with our visitors in the Interpretation Center and assist with other programs. The new Jr. Naturalist program is for 7th – 12th grade students. Orientation will be offered three times a year with the first one on Friday, December 22nd 10am-3pm. This is a tiered training program with a flexible attendance policy. A minimum of 30 volunteer hours each 6 months is required to maintain active status.
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The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC Nola) is a new program created for students ages 12-19 through a partnership with Orleans Parish 4-H Foundation. YCC Nola engages teens in conservation and community issues through various hands-on workshops and service-learning opportunities with local partners. Each month students can attend two workshops and participate in a service project with local organizations. Workshops will focus on environmental stewardship, outdoor skills, leadership and service learning.
Workshops and projects will be offered throughout the summer or you can sign up for the Fall session beginning in September 2017.
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Eco Krewe provides youth entering 8th-11th grades with a year long opportunity to experience Audubon Zoo with sessions focusing on team building, leadership, animal conservation and environmental issues. They also have the opportunity to continue volunteering with Audubon after completion of the program. Participants attend an interactive workshop after school on Tuesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, September through May.
Applications are now closed for the 2017 ECCO class.
The Jr. Keeper program encourages hands-on learning, creativity, teamwork, a sense of stewardship towards the environment and the development of work place and life skills through a wide variety of volunteer experiences. Jr. Keepers obtain experience in many aspects of environmental conservation. These opportunities allow students to examine various career paths as well as learn valuable work place skills including responsibility, self-confidence, accountability, and public speaking. A year long commitment is required. Upon completion of the first year, Jr. Keepers will be eligible for a wider range of volunteer opportunities at the Zoo.
The AquaKid program engages students through hands-on learning experiences designed to enhance their public speaking skills, knowledge of marine science and work place skills. An exciting summer training program includes field trips and other learning opportunities at the Aquarium. The program enables students to become conservation educators and share their knowledge with aquarium visitors. A year long commitment is required. Upon completion of the first year, AquaKids will be eligible for a wider range of volunteer opportunities at the Aquarium.
Eco Ambassdors engages students through hands-on learning experiences designed to enhance their public speaking skills, knowledge of marine science and entomology, and work place skills. Participants attend a short training course to prepare them to provide exhibit interpretation and utilize biofacts and other aids to educate aquarium and insectarium visitors. During this summer program, Eco Ambassadors will develop important job and life skills, build self-confidence and earn service hours. Volunteers cultivate lasting experiences with their peers, adult volunteers, and Audubon staff.
The Eco Ambassador program is open to students entering the 10th-12th grades in the Fall of 2018. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in the natural world and be able to work with people of all backgrounds and ages. A commitment of 200 hours over the months of June and July is required. These hours are earned by attending three days a week from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Shift availability will be determined based on departmental needs occurring Monday through Friday.
The applications for the 2017 Eco Ambassador class are no longer available. Please check back in December for 2018 applications