CAREER AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

NKJN offers middle and high schools students the opportunity to contribute back to their community and the environment, gain leadership skills and job training and experience, and have fun and make even make some money!

NATURE KIDS YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD

Grades: 6th – 12th

This 1 year program includes career exploration and skill-building, and leadership development

Nature Kids is currently seeking applicants for a newly established Youth Advisory Board, which will be responsible for ensuring Lafayette youth have access to quality outdoor education opportunities. The Board, which will comprise 12 Lafayette secondary students, will distribute mini-grants to local entities, evaluate Nature Kids programming, and advise future programming among other tasks. Members will meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on the second Saturday (times and location TBD) of each month. Applicants must either reside in Lafayette or attend a Lafayette middle or high school.

Apply before August 25 to be considered for the program. 

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SCHOOL YEAR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CORPS (EE CORPS)

Ages 14-18 years old

Join expert educators from Thorne Nature Experience and help to deliver After School programs on nature, gardening, animals, and outdoor recreation at Sanchez, Pioneer and Ryan Elementary. Twelve week School Year Environmental Education Corps positions are available beginning in September and December ($250 stipend for each 12 week program, 2 hours per week)

Apply now to be considered for programs beginning in September and before November 30 for programs beginning in January.

Partner: Thorne Nature Experience

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SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CORPS (EE CORPS)

Ages: 16-19 years old

This 10-week program includes career exploration and skill-building, leadership development and paid employment ($1500 stipend for Corps members).

The 2018 Summer EE Corps will complete the following: training at Cal-Wood Education Center (May 29 – June 3); assist with youth summer camps around Lafayette (June 4 – 8, June 25 – 29, and July 9 – 13); help at Cal-wood Family Camps (June 24 – 25, July 7-8, August 4- 5); work with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (June 18 – 22); raft down the Colorado River (July 23 – 27). ; and research at CU’s High Alpine Research Center (July 30 – August 3).

Apply before April 16 to be considered for the program. 

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Lafayette Parks and Open Space Youth Corps

Ages 14+

Join the Boulder County Youth Corps as a member of their Lafayette Corps and help to care for parks trails and open spaces in Lafayette. (pay is $10.20/hour for first year corps members and increases with experience)

Apply before March 30 to be considered for the program. It is recommended that you contact Carlos Lerma at Carlos@nullnaturekidslafayette.org for assistance with the application and a recommendation from Nature Kids.

Partner: City of Lafayette Open Space and Boulder County Youth Corps

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CU Science Discovery High School Summer Research

Grades 9 – 12 // July 5 – 28, Monday – Friday

Jump start your science career! Conduct an environmental science research project, work with CU Boulder researchers, participate in a research methods class, and present at a science poster session.

Apply before April 16 to be considered for the program. 

Partner: CU Boulder, Bus pass provided

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UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Wildlands Restoration Project

Grades 6 – 12 // March 31

Come lend a hand and help restore our local open space gem in Lafayette, Coal Creek Trail. Learn about planting and re-vegetating flood impacted areas using our special plant friend, Coyote Willow! Pick-up/Drop-off : Coal Creek Trail, 9 am – 12:30 pm

Partner: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

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Wildlands Restoration Project

Grades 6 – 12 // April 31

Join Nature Kids Lafayette as we team up with Empowerment Center of East County and others in Lafayette to sponsor a project for Lafayette in Action! We will be at Waneka Lake with food, fun and service! Pick-up/Drop-off : Waneka Lake, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Partner: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers/Empowerment Center of East County

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PAST PROJECTS

Wildlands Restoration Project

Grades 6 -12 // April 8

Plant willows along the banks of Rock Creek to re-vegetate areas damaged in the 2013 flood! Getting muddy is optional but highly encouraged! Pick-up/Drop-off Location: Rock Creek (120th at Horizon Drive), Lafayette, CO

Partner: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

 

Wildlands Restoration Project

Grades 6 – 12 // April 22

Build some muscle while laying out a rock trail connecting the Coal Creek Trail and Lamont Does Park! Pick-up/Drop-off : Lamont Does Park, Lafayette, CO

Partner: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

 

Wildlands Restoration Project

Grades 6 – 12 // October 7

Come lend a hand and help restore beautiful Button Rock Preserve by planting and re-vegetating flood impacted areas! Pick-up/Drop-off : Button Rock Preserve, Longmont, CO

Partner: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers