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Volunteers play an essential role in successfully operating Armand Bayou Nature Center's unique wildlife refuge and wilderness preserve. If you want to help preserve the environment by sharing the wonders of Armand Bayou's habitats with others, the Nature Center offers a multitude of opportunities to volunteer. Lead a night-time Owl Prowl or a morning trail hike. Participate in farm demonstrations at our Fall Festival or help raise funds through the Silent Auction at Bayou Boil. Or learn more about our habitats through outstanding educational programs. There is a place for you at Armand Bayou.

And it's fun! You'll meet people like you from all walks of life--people interested in helping to preserve the habitats with which we have been entrusted.

Join our over 200 volunteers who keep our Nature Center up and running! If you'd like to get started right away, you can receive specialized training through our mentor program. Not sure where you'd like to begin? Give us a call at 281-474-2551 and we will be happy to explain your many diverse and life enhancing opportunities. Complete the volunteer enrollment form and come by the office today!

For individuals desiring a deeper educational or stewardship experience, the Nature Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are trained on how to utilize their skills in nature education, interpretation, conservation and operations, and how to share their interest and experience s with others. Their talents and enthusiasm make the volunteer corps an integral part of ABNC, without which many programs or tasks could not be accomplished.

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How to Log Your Volunteer Hours

It is important for all volunteers to log their hours. Here are five great reasons why you should log your hours and the steps it takes to sign up and start logging them today!

Bayou Interpretive Guides

The mission for our Bayou Interpretive Guide (BIG) program is to "Reconnecting people to nature by forging emotional and intellectual connections between the interest of our guests and the values of our resources."

The BIG program is optional for anyone of our volunteers that have public interaction. The program is scheduled quarterly and will help us to understand the importance of making the connections with our guests, and focusing on the overall mission statement of Armand Bayou Nature Center. This would include Trail Guides, Farm Life Demos, Natural History Demos, Outreach, Deck Hands, and maybe even Guardians of the Gardens. There will be certain requirements for anyone looking to receive the BIG patch.

Please check your calendar for the next BIG meeting.

Plants of Armand Bayou

Lyman Brown has put together an excellent compendium of plants that grow at the nature center in four volumes: cultivars, wild plants, trees and shrubs, as well as grasses and sedges. He has made these available as PDF downloads for all volunteers or other people who may be interested. If you happen to notice any errors please let Lyman know (lymanbr@comcast.net).

Latest Newsletter

Check out the latest Bayou Foliage, our volunteer newsletter, under the docs tab after you login.

Monthly Volunteer Meetings

Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month excluding June and July. These meetings are a great opportunity to meet fellow volunteers for networking and socializing.

We meet at 6.30 pm for a 30 minute social with snacks and drinks donated by individual volunteers on a monthly sign up basis. At 7pm we give out notices of upcoming events and then introduce our speaker for the Month. Topics are varied and are usually announced in the week preceding the meeting, check the calendar for more information. We take a short break at 8pm and then wrap up with any business that needs to be discussed and voted on.

Please accept this invitation to come along and join our growing ranks of volunteers. Suggestions for speakers are greatly appreciated! If you have a suggestion for a speaker contact the chair or another member of the volunteer committee.

We need your leaves!

Posted by Elisa ONeal on 27 Nov 2020
Category: News

Don't throw away your leaf bag, compost it with us!For one month only, we are asking that you drop off your leaf bag in the recycling area in our front parking lot. From there Gene Fisseler and Tom Scarscella will move it to a cleared area in the back portion of the sugar cane field. The two have partnered up to help create a compost area there where we hope to eventually recycle our bagasse (pressed cane) after the Harvest Festival. In year's past we have been hauling bagasse off-site to be recycled which is energy intensive and robs potential nutrients from our soil. Let's turn it into compost for our own needs. Your leaf bag contributions will help build the volume needed to get this compost going. So up until the end of December, don't leave it on the curb, bring it to the recycling area! If you have questions, contact Tom Scarscella at frozencat507@gmail.com.

2nd Planting for Prairie Pandemonium

Posted by Elisa ONeal on 23 Oct 2020
Category: Opportunities

Prairie Pandemonium is a popular event and spots quickly fill up every year. Despite the pandemic, this year is no different.Our 40 spots for Oct. 24th were quickly claimed after we opened registration. We had enough people on our waiting list to organize a 2nd planting on Nov. 14th.
We still have spots open, so be sure to sign up before they fill up.



We are in need of your old newspapers!

Posted by Elisa ONeal on 8 Aug 2020
Category: News

The center is looking for ways to suppress weeds in the cane field and your old newspapers can help. They can be left on the porch at our Stewardship office in the maintenance yard. If you need help getting them back there, let Elisa know. She is at the center Tuesday - Thursday most weeks. Stewardship thanks you!

Camp supplies needed before June 15

Posted by Elisa ONeal on 4 Jun 2020
Category: News

Consider donating your extras to the EcoEducation program. Here are some supplies they are looking for before June 15th for Summer EcoCamp:

 panty hose

small bars of soap, (hotel size)
Thin ribbon
twist ties
pine cones
2L plastic bottles (only need a few)
12 or 16 oz plastic water bottles (only need a few)
Questions? Contact heather@abnc.org.

COVID-19 Response Training

Posted by Elisa ONeal on 2 Jun 2020
Category: News

If you have been following our community wide emails and newsletter, then you might have heard that volunteering re-started June 1st with our new guidelines in place.

As we move forward, we kindly ask that all volunteers complete a virtual training session to learn about our new health safety guidelines and the check in/out system before returning to the center in a volunteer capacity.

Our staff and the volunteer board have worked together to develop these new guidelines to align with local and national authorities in order to help safeguard the health of our volunteers, guests, and staff. This training is mandatory.
We held 4 training dates in May and have already trained over 100 volunteers and staff members. We will be offering another set of dates in June:

Tuesday June 16th 10:00am
Wednesday June 17th 5:30pm
Saturday June 27th 10:00am

You can register online using this handy online form: https://forms.gle/8cVPtyx4nnNBfhrm6

If those dates do not work for you, then I will be offering another more dates in July and all subsequent months as long as needed until everyone is covered.
For the most up to date information on training availability, please subscribe to our community wide emails and the monthly newsletter. If you find that you are not receiving emails, please contact elisa@abnc.org to get back on the list.

If you have any questions about training, please contact your volunteer coordinator Elisa O'Neal at elisa@abnc.org

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