What we're looking for
Do you remember the thrill of pond dipping, finding your first ladybird, caterpillar or daisy? We're looking for people with a real passion for enthusing children and adults alike about the natural world to run very informal and small family activity sessions for families who visit Rainham Marshes nature reserve. If you're a parent this could be a great thing to do with your child or children you lead the session, they have fun doing the activity with other kids and families. Or equally if you fancy a bit of 'me' time then you can leave them at home with the babysitter for a couple of hours! So, what do we mean by running 'activity sessions'? It's not scary, promise! It's stuff like taking kids pond dipping (we'd show you how this works beforehand if you've not done before), a bit of story telling, making fat cakes for birds, showing kids how to search for minibeasts (like spiders, worms and bugs!) and a bit of fun science (very simple science experiments to do with nature again, we'd show you how to do these beforehand) If you're keen to give all these activities a go that's great, or if you'd prefer to just focus on your favourite activity and nothing else, e.g.eg, making fat cakes for birds or looking for minibeasts, then that's fine with us too. We're also keen to expand the activities we already run so would welcome your ideas of what else we might try. This is all about helping families make the most of their visit, starting to build a lifelong passion for nature, and so that they'll come back again and again! We're really flexible on time commitment, whatever you can give is great and would be very welcomed. Of course we wouldn't expect you to go out of pocket either so would fully reimburse your travel expenses to and from the reserve whenever you're volunteering with us.