Volunteering at the Wetlands Education and the Baytown Nature Center

 Volunteers are utilized at both the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center and the Baytown Nature Center, Baytown’s environmental education jewels. If you share a passion for the environment, enjoy working with children, or strive to make a difference in your community, volunteering at either location may be what you are seeking. The sister sites hold a joint orientation/basic training in the early fall each year at the Wetlands Center.

Volunteer Training

  • Volunteer training begins with Orientation, which covers the mission, history, facilities and future of the two centers. Prospective volunteers will learn about the centers’ programs and the type of help needed. 
  • Following that, participants who wish to work in the environmental education programs attend the Basic Training session. Volunteers are needed to teach and assist with these programs. 
  • Further training with experienced volunteers occurs when student field trips to the Wetlands Center and Nature Center begin in September. Previous teaching experience is not required, but is helpful. All the basic information for each program will be provided. 

 Other Education Opportunities

  • Other educational offerings at the two facilities include  birthday parties, weekly pre-school programs, outreach opportunities, spring, summer and winter camps, and night hikes. 

Other Volunteer Duties

  • Other volunteer duties such as occasional maintenance, carpentry or animal care at the Wetlands Center and stewardship/maintenance work at the Nature Center do not require further formal training; however may require hands-on training. 

Volunteer Training Forms

Volunteer Policies and Procedures

Volunteer Application

Background Check

Release Waiver

Tim OConnor with Wetlands Ecology Program kids
Volunteer helping with a grade level field trip.
Volunteer checking on the observation beehive.