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World Rivers Day Cleanup Sunday, September 22

To register for these and additional volunteer opportunities, visit bloomington.in.gov/parksvol.

Get outdoors and pitch in to help clean up our streams for World Rivers Day. Duties: Help collect litter along the shores of Cascades Creek. Volunteer shift(s): 8:30–9:30 a.m. Training: On-site training provided. Location: Lower Cascades Park—Sycamore Shelter Age of volunteers: 12 yrs. and up Number of volunteers: 20

BRAVO Award Recipient

Putting the Gardens to Bed

Look for the volunteer symbol throughout this program guide. For additional information regarding volunteer opportunities, email Sarah Owen at parksvol@bloomington.in.gov.

April: Susan Sullivan, for her service to the Leonard Springs Nature Day Program. May: Eco Logic, LLC for their help with a large-scale planting project at Sherwood Oaks Park. June: Catherine Walsh, for her service to the Adopt-a-Stream program.

Environmental Stewardship Opportunities “First Saturdays” Series— Invasive Plant Awareness Days

NEW!

September 7, October 5, November 2

Our brand-new “First Saturdays” are monthly volunteer opportunities to learn about invasive plant species affecting Bloomington’s local ecosystem, how to properly remove and dispose of them, and then to put that knowledge into action. Duties: Help control invasive plant species in our natural areas during this monthly work day. Work with experts in the field to create a healthier native plant habitat. Volunteer shift(s): 1–4 p.m. Training: On-site training provided. Locations: Vary by month. Contact Sarah Owen at parksvol@bloomington.in.gov or 812-349-3700 for more information. Age of volunteers: 12 yrs. and up (Volunteers under 14 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.) Number of volunteers: Unlimited Other: Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Leonard Springs Nature Day

Tuesdays, September 10, September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 22 Rain date: October 29

Gardeners and others who enjoy being outdoors are invited to clear the plots and put the gardens to bed for the winter months. Duties: Help clear plant material and hardware items (including tomato cages and stakes) from the gardens and organize them for winter storage. Plots are covered for the colder months. Volunteer shift(s): 1–4 p.m., all days Training: On-site training provided. Locations: Butler Park Community Gardens and Willie Streeter Community Gardens Age of volunteers: 12 yrs. and up Number of volunteers: 10–15 for Butler Park Community Gardens and 15–25 for Willie Streeter Community Gardens

Program Volunteer Opportunities Banneker Afterschool Program

Monday–Friday, August 7–December 19

This is an after-school program at Fairview Elementary for K–6 students, providing scheduled homework time, tutoring, and community clubs for structured leisure time. Duties: Serve as a meaningful role model by providing academic tutoring for K–6 students. Volunteer shift(s): 4–5 p.m. Training: Advanced training/orientation required. Location: Fairview School, 500 W. Seventh St. Age of volunteers: 18 yrs. and up Number of volunteers: 10 per day Other: Volunteers are asked to commit to consistent days and times for a minimum of four weeks.

Banneker Teen Leadership Institute Monday–Friday, August 7–December 19

Teen-centric drop-in program includes homework help, mentorship, recreational activities, occasional field trips, and basketball games. Duties: Assist with academic tutoring and mentorship activities. Volunteer shift(s): 4–5 p.m. Training: Advanced training/orientation required. Location: Banneker Community Center Age of volunteers: 18 yrs. and up Number of volunteers: 10 per day Other: Volunteers are asked to commit to consistent days and times for a minimum of four weeks.

Tomato Tasting

Saturday, August 17

Taste a rainbow of tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market. Duties: Cut and distribute samples of different locally grown tomatoes, and assist with setup and teardown. Volunteer shift(s): Shift #1, 7:30–10 a.m./ Shift #2, 9:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Training: On-site training provided. Location: Showers Plaza Age of volunteers: 16 yrs. and up Number of volunteers: 10 for Shift #1 and 6 for Shift #2

bloomington.in.gov/parks

If you have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with children, sign up for our Leonard Springs Nature Days. Volunteer to teach area sixth-grade students about our awesome natural heritage through multiple education stations including karst, creeks, wetlands, and forests. Duties: Volunteers can serve either as a Station Facilitator or as a Group Leader. Volunteer shift(s): 9:15 a.m.–2 p.m. Training: Online training sessions are available for review and are provided in advance. Volunteers are trained at the beginning of their shift. Location: Leonard Springs Nature Park Age of volunteers: 18 yrs. and up Number of volunteers: 20 per day

Saturday, October 26, Butler Park Community Gardens Sunday, October 27, Willie Streeter Community Gardens November 3, Willie Streeter Community Gardens

Volunteer Opportunities

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City of Bloomington, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department Program Guide  

Comprehensive catalog of programs, events, facilities, and parks in Bloomington, Indiana, September through December 2019

City of Bloomington, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department Program Guide  

Comprehensive catalog of programs, events, facilities, and parks in Bloomington, Indiana, September through December 2019