How to Lead a Nature Walk: Training Guide

This 41-page guide is your go-to resource for training volunteers to lead nature walks

  • How to plan and deliver a nature walk on local conservation lands
  • Tips to overcome fears of leading your first nature walk
  • Best practices for developing and promoting your event
  • Important safety considerations

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The How to Lead a Nature Walk Training Guide includes information for workshop instructors and organizers, materials for volunteers, and evaluation materials. Below is a list of individual items in the training guide with a brief description and notes on their use.

Instructor MaterialsWhat's this?Notes

Instructor Notes

This guide will provide you with instructions on hosting and facilitating a How to Lead a Nature Walk training for your organization/group's volunteersIncludes tips for planning, recruiting volunteers, implementation, and follow-up; also includes a draft agenda and Field Activity instructions
Video: How to Lead a Nature WalkVideo highlights the importance of volunteers leading field walks on public and conserved lands, and insight from volunteers who have been through a Nature Walk trainingCan be used to promote your How to Lead a Nature Walk training & played at beginning of training as an introduction

 

Materials for VolunteersWhat's This?Notes
Design Your Own Nature Walk Guide
 
A complete guide for planning and executing a nature walk in your communityProvide this guide, along with the supplemental handouts below, to volunteers who are training to lead nature walks

Quick Tips for Leading a Nature Walk

Volunteers can use this sheet of basic tips to help plan and execute their nature walk 

Tips for an Effective Presentation

Leading a nature walk includes an element of public speaking; review this helpful resource for tips 
Involving Children in Your WalkA supplement to the "Design Your Own Nature Walk" Guide 
Sample Nature Walk FlyerA sample flyer for volunteers to announce and promote their walk (MS Word format)Volunteer will need to fill in the details and descriptions for their nature walk
Sample Nature Walk Press ReleaseA sample press release for volunteers to announce and promote their walk (MS Word format)Volunteer will need to fill in the details and descriptions for their nature walk

 

Evaluation MaterialsWhat's this?Notes
Nature Walk Volunteer Self-evaluation                          A sample questionnaire for volunteers to fill out after they lead a nature walkCan be helpful in evaluating the success of volunteers leading nature walks for your group or organization

 

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