Winter and Spring 2017 Instructor Training Sessions

Would you like to become an instructor in the Five Rivers Guided School Program?

Volunteer instructors in our outdoor guided school programs are people from all walks of life who enjoy nature and children. That's it! No degrees required. The volunteer instructors are like you and me in that they are busy, busy, busy with only a few sporadic hours to spare. And that's OK! Once trained, volunteer instructors set their own schedules.

There are three steps to becoming a Guided School Program volunteer instructor:

• Attending “Basic Training”
• Attending “Lesson Specific Training” and
• Co-Teaching.

Each training session is held at Five Rivers in the classroom beginning at 9:15 and ending at 12:00 noon. See the training dates below. Coffee and bagels are served. The last step, Co-Teaching, is set by you, when your schedule allows.

Currently there are four training sessions a year. Each session focuses on the lessons that are appropriate for the given season. Fall and Spring trainings are held in September and April/May respectively. Explorers, Insects, Animal Signs, Birds, Stream Life and World of Pond are the lessons we offer in the Fall and Spring. Winter trainings are held in January for Winter Challenge and Snowshoeing. Finally, Marvelous Maples training is held in March right about the time of the thaw. Winter and Maples training sessions are for experienced instructors only.

If you would like further information regarding how to become a Friends of Five Rivers' volunteer instructor or specific training dates, please email the Guided School Program Coordinator at gsp5rivers@outlook.com.

Winter and Spring 2017 Training Dates for Guided School Program Instructors

Each training session is held at Five Rivers in the classroom beginning at 9:15 and ending at 12:00 noon. See the training dates below. Coffee and bagels are served. Be sure to dress for the weather. Long pants are required. Each training session begins with a review of the lesson plan as well as the developmental stage of the participants. Next, volunteers go outside to be led through the lesson by a seasoned instructor. Questions are encouraged!

WINTER TRAINING SESSIONS (for experienced instructors only)

Winter Challenge: 1/5/17

Snowshoe: 1/6/17

Here Comes Winter: 1/10/17


MAPLES TRAINING SESSIONS (for experienced instructors only)

Maples: 3/8/17

Advanced Maples: 3/10/17


SPRING TRAINING SESSIONS

Basics: 4/6/17

This training session is required for all instructors. Join us for the start of a great fall season! We'll hear what's new at Five Rivers before focusing on the "basics" of teaching in the outdoors.

Exploring the Outdoors: 4/7/17

Animal Signs: 4/10/17

Birds: 4/12/17

Stream Life: 4/25/17

World of Pond: 4/26/17

Insects: 5/4/17