Loveland needs volunteers for environmental education programs – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Loveland needs volunteers for the environmental education programs offered by the Open Lands and Trails service to students in the Thompson School District.

Michele Van Hare, environmental education coordinator, said the department needs 45 volunteers to rebuild a program that offers field trips to students at River’s Edge Nature Area, Namaqua Park, Mountain Park Viestenz-Smith or, in some cases, outdoor locations at schools in the Loveland area.

The programs are divided into three different sessions – Critter Scene Investigation, Plants and Places, and Our Canyon and Its Wildlife. Each offers unique learning and fun for elementary students, divided into three age groups.

The Town of Loveland will provide all training and materials for volunteers.

Plants and Canyon volunteers will undergo a three to four hour training and will be paired with an experienced volunteer mentor until they are ready to go solo.

For Critter Scene Investigation, training is optional. Officials said many volunteers learned the content within 10 minutes of the students arriving.

No special experience or knowledge is required, but volunteers must pass a background check and must have “the love and patience to share nature with children,” Van Hare said.

For more information, contact Van Hare at or 970-962-2643. Residents can sign up to volunteer and teachers can request a field trip online through