Are you a fit for the Glen Helen Naturalist Training Program? Check out this slide show to see what Glen Helen has in store for you…
As a Glen Helen Naturalist, you will experience living and working in a community of like-minded people that are inspired and motivated just like you!
People come from all over the country, and sometimes from across the globe, to work at the Glen.
You spend most of your days out on the trails with the students that visit through the Outdoor School program.
Each week brings a new group of students from an area school. You will spend the entire week teaching the same trail group of thirteen students or less.
Small group sizes and long-term interaction builds student trust and comfort with the educational experience.
As a Glen Helen Naturalist, you will get to know your students well.
Teaching at the Glen is hands-on and experiential!
Using this approach, you teach them a variety of topics in Life and Physical Science.
You create experiential lesson plans designed to meet the needs of the students you teach.
The 1,000-acre Glen Helen Nature Preserve is your classroom with plenty of natural teaching “props” to teach science concepts.
Supplementary materials are available to enhance the learning that happens out on the trails.
Every day, every lesson is an opportunity for you to connect a child to his/her ecosystem.
Each day, every lesson is an opportunity to encourage positive environmental behavior!
Being a Naturalist at Glen Helen means being willing to be goofy!
…to dress up and entertain!
You will lead activities in the dining hall.
You will also have fun leading evening programs with the other Nats.
Share your talents!
As you teach others, you, too, will learn and grow as a Naturalist and educator.
Each term kicks off with 2.5 weeks of intensive training, where you learn the Glen Helen Outdoor School curriculum and how to create exciting and engaging lesson plans.
During this time, you will get to know the other Naturalists very well.
Through community building activities, we will build a team, and Naturalists will get to know one another’s strengths.
You will use these same activities with your trail groups!
During staff training, you will also find time to begin your own explorations of the Glen.
To complement the work with the students during the practicum portion of the internship, you engage you in a variety of professional training opportunities.
You are trained by the Glen Helen Raptor Center Director to handle a bird of prey that you can then use in education programs
During a visit to a local farm and CSA, you will learn about sustainable agriculture practices.
You will learn how to test water quality from a professional watershed manager.
On a hike in the Glen, you will have a college-level introduction to Glen Helen geology.
In February, you will experience tapping maple trees for sap!
You will also have the opportunity to learn the process of converting sap to yummy maple syrup, and then eat it on your pancakes!
As part of your training, you will take field trips to a variety of places-of-interest in the area. Booneshoft Museum of Natural History is a favorite!
There is always time for fun!!!! Sledding in the winter!
Swimming and canoeing in the warmer months!
Naturalists not only work in the Glen, they also get to live in this wonderful place!
Staff houses are on-site at the Outdoor Education Center.
Each Naturalist has their own room in one of the staff houses.
All three staff houses are within walking distance to the quaint and artistic Village of Yellow Springs!
If you want to develop your leadership…
Inspire in children a love and appreciation for nature…
Experience new and wondrous things…
Be part of a team…
Develop new friendships...
Live and work in the forest...
And have lots of fun…
Then the Glen Helen Naturalist Internship is for you!