Volunteer Environmental Educators

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A key priority at DRBA is to educate youth and adults about the importance of the environment and our natural surroundings.  Volunteering allows people of all ages and backgrounds to share their enthusiasm for nature and our local environment!

As a volunteer you will:

  • Help with hands-on programs and educational activities
  • Guide hikes
  • Help at special events
  • Support the Volunteer Environmental Education program with volunteer coordination, recruitment, training, and other administrative projects
  • Deepen your knowledge about the Dan River Basin
  • Receive free volunteer training and continuing educational experiences
  • Be part of a team known for its strong sense of community and hands-on education programs


Volunteer educators train with DRBA staff to help our local community gain a better understanding and respect for the natural world.

Volunteers are trained in four areas:

  • Watersheds/Enviroscape Model
  • Water Quality Testing
  • Discovery Activities
  • Tub of Bugs/Macroinvertebrates

No previous experience is necessary, but volunteers must be willing to work with children in an outdoor or indoor setting, and have a desire to expand their interest in nature and wildlife.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Educational experience with children ages 3 – 14
  • Experience or comfort with outdoor recreation
  • Passion for environmental conservation and protection
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about conservation and stewardship practices
  • Dependable and able to commit to at least one year of service
  • Comfort with using basic computer programs and email
  • Successfully pass a criminal history background check


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Fill out the application to become a Volunteer Environmental Educator by CLICKING HERE.

Space is limited.  Training is free for 2023.  An annual recertification training and fee will be required in 2024.

If selected, you will be invited to attend a 2-hour, free training. The training will include hands-on activities and overview of program curriculum.

A trained Volunteer Environmental Educator can make a real impact for thousands of youth and help protect and conserve our natural and local resources!


  • Professionally represent DRBA at events, festivals and schools
  • Provide programming both in-classroom and/or outdoors
  • Keep detailed records of program types and attendance numbers
  • Make suggestions to improve DRBA programs
  • Take pictures at events and email after each event 
  • Assist with recruitment and training of new volunteers

The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) counts on volunteers like you to help fulfill its education mission.