Nature Center Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for people who want to volunteer their time and talent to promote the mission of the Nature Center. If you are interested in joining us, please call Bonnie Twaddle at (330) 823-7487 or email

Download and print a  Volunteer Application now! 


As an outdoors person, do you wish that today’s children could see the excitement and importance of the natural environment that surrounds them? If you do, the staff at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center would like your help as a Volunteer Trail Guide.

We encourage children to see the wonders of the natural world in a variety of ways, including discovery hikes led by Volunteer Trail Guides. Each hike lasts about 1 ½ hours and most take place on weekday mornings. Each hike focuses on a particular theme designed to help children meet state education standards. Most hikes are attended by pre-school and elementary school-aged children, but occasionally we have teachers request programs for older students as well.

We know that you appreciate the out-of-doors, but perhaps you have some reservations about working with children. That is where our Volunteer Trail Guide Training program comes into play. We’ll let you know the goal of each Discovery Hike, give you tips and tricks for working with children of different ages, and suggest activities and games you can play with your group while hiking the Nature Center trails. We can schedule your training to accommodate your busy life. Please join us as we help children discover the wonder of nature’s ever-changing story. For more information please call the Nature Center at 330-829-8988 or email


Individuals or families can volunteer to adopt a trail at the Nature Center. You would be responsible for walking your trail a minimum of once a month to check on its condition and provide reasonable maintenance. Maintenance may include removing fallen limbs from the trail, trimming back overgrowth, litter control, and reporting any downed trees that need removed from your trail. Some of the trails that need adopted are Huston Farm Trail, Aspen Trail, and the All-Persons Trail. This is a great opportunity to introduce your children to land stewardship. If you are interested, please contact Bonnie Twaddle at (330) 823-7487 or email


Share your love for and knowledge of gardening with children. For the past seven years, we have provided Hands-On Gardening Programs throughout the growing season, primarily for 3rd -5th grade students. Germinating seeds, planting and maintaining gardens, harvesting and composting are just a few of the many activities we provide in our programs. This is a great way to help children interact with the out of doors and to teach them where some of their food really comes from. If you would like to get involved, please call Karen Santee or Bonnie Twaddle at (330) 823-7487 or email


Trail maintenance, gardening, clearing the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk of debris, cleaning and filling bird feeders and invasive plants control are just a few examples where one or two hours on these projects makes a HUGE difference! We understand most people have a very busy schedule, so we will be glad to work with the times and days you have available to volunteer.

Please call Bonnie Twaddle at (330) 823-7487 or email to schedule a time for you or your group to provide community service here at the Nature Center.

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