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Kindle Your Happiness, Volunteer for the Laguna

By Christine Fontaine, Director of Education Programs, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation

Now is the time to plan to do something fun and rewarding in 2017; fortunately, Learning Laguna docent training is coming right up! The Laguna Foundation’s wetland education program for 2nd-4th graders has been going strong for 17 years and it takes the hearts and hands of many volunteers to reach out to more than 1400 students each year. The program is important to the schools because it provides a real-life context for in-class learning. Plus, students get the opportunity to take a field trip to the Laguna and learn along-side caring people who are enthusiastic about our home environment and hopeful for its future. 

Training to become a Learning Laguna docent is an enriching experience. You will grow, make new friends, and take positive action for the environment all the while deepening your relationship with the Laguna. And, volunteering can help you reduce stress and gain an increased increase sense of purpose: Being helpful makes us happier!

During the 10-week training course, volunteers learn through reading, shadowing, and through in-class presentations and field trips. Trainees also learn and practice teaching the Learning Laguna activities and develop practical skills for working with 2nd-4th grade students. Training classes take place on Mondays from 9:30 AM -3:30 PM, starting March 13 running through May 15, 2017. 

To find out more, visit www.LagunaFoundation.org. Plan to attend an orientation on either Thursday, February 16 from 4:00-5:30pm or Monday, February 27 from 10:00-11:30am at the Laguna Environmental Center. Join the Laguna docent training class... You will be happy you did!