The RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre based on Fairhaven Lake have a new spring in their step. Having recently appointed a new Learning and Visitor Experience Officer, the team are looking for a number of Volunteer Nature Activity Leaders to help with a new season of exciting and inspirational school visit sessions.
Nationally, studies have shown that young people are becoming disconnected from nature. The RSPB provide activities to prompt engagement at a younger age and they need help to be able to offer these opportunities.
The Ribble Discovery Centre are looking for volunteers who can offer up to one day a week and may already have or want to gain unique field teaching experience.
Jo Taylor, Learning and Visitor Experience Officer, at the Ribble Discovery Centre said: “Volunteering for the RSPB is rewarding, I know this from experience as I am a previous Volunteer Nature Activity Leader myself, volunteering both here and at RSPB Leighton Moss. Watching the faces of the children light up with each discovery is fascinating. Promoting a connection to nature is the best part of the job, showing children something new and awe inspiring is what it’s all about.
Volunteering supports the charity and nature directly with time and energy. It is frequently attributed to providing a greater sense of wellbeing and can increase a skill base, enhancing employment prospects too.
Jo added: “The role is exciting and varied, no two days are ever the same. We get volunteers from all walks of life. If you want to inspire the next generation and have a keen interest in wildlife and the environment then this maybe for you. No expertise is required, just enthusiasm and energy for outdoor learning.”
The Ribble Discovery Centre is a fantastic coastal site and one of the only places to offer the unique experience of mud dipping sessions. A wide variety of curriculum-linked, hands-on nature activities are offered to early years and primary schools. Uniformed youth groups are also catered for.
For more information on the Ribble Discovery Centre and the school sessions available, visit rspb.org.uk/ribblediscoverycentre