Volunteer with Ravenwood
- Volunteer for a half or full day, just once or as often as your schedule allows
- Bring the Kids
- Have fun in nature
- Awaken your own curiosity
- Support youth social-emotional learning
- Learn awesome wilderness and survival skills
- Support nature mentoring in action
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” -William Shakespeare
What is it like to volunteer with Ravenwood?
Volunteers are a core part of our mentoring methodology. We use role-modeling in so much that we do, and it’s super important to have adults in the program who can role-model engagement, curiosity, and reverence for nature! As a volunteer, you’ll be asked to keep a look-out for safety but your primary role is to model nature-connection. Successful volunteers bring their curiosity, full attention, and a yes-and attitude to co-create an engaging nature-connection experience for all.
Volunteers are also invited to bring their kids along free of charge, as long as the arrangement works for Ravenwood staff as well. If you want your child to be able to attend all program dates please register them and pay for their tuition. Volunteers may only bring their children when they themselves are able to serve as a volunteer in the field. When you bring your children, you will be the primary adult responsible for them. Please make sure that you can both attend to your children’s needs and to your responsibilities as a volunteer. A volunteer’s permission to bring their children along with them can be renegotiated or revoked at any time if Ravenwood staff feel the need.
Special note for Volunteers in School Programs
Ravenwood works with a lot of local schools. Volunteers who have a personal connection to the school and want to help out with a school program should ask the school administrator what they need to do to volunteer. If you have no personal connection to the school but still want to volunteer for a school program, you can follow the steps below to become a Ravenwood Volunteer.
How to Volunteer for Ravenwood
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Fill out a Volunteer Application
Our Volunteer Application form is a quick, 9-question survey that helps us get to know you and your goals a bit better.
Sign the Waiver
Every adult who goes out into the field with Ravenwood needs to sign a waiver form. If your child will come with you but isn’t enrolled in the program, we’ll also need a waiver form for them. Please print, sign, and bring these forms with you before an in-person volunteer training or your first day in the field.
Do the Training
Ravenwood offers two easy ways to get trained as a volunteer.
Every year we offer a Volunteer Training Day at the beginning of the summer, usually on a Saturday in early June at our Trumbull Canyon Camp location near Whitefish and Columbia Falls. We will let you know the date when we receive your volunteer application.
If you can’t make it to the in-person Volunteer Training Day, we also offer an online Volunteer Training Course on Google Classroom. Just join the class, read the material and watch the videos, and test your knowledge with our online quizzes. You must submit all 3 quizzes for the training to be complete.
To take the online Volunteer Training Course, go to https://classroom.google.com
Get a Background Check
Unless you are volunteering through a public school, everyone who helps out in Ravenwood programs that include minors must submit some basic information so that our office can run a background check. The information we need is:
- Your full legal name
- Your date of birth
- Your official state of residence
- Your social security number
Our office must have your background check info at least three weeks before the program start date. You can provide our office with this information over the phone by calling (406) 260-8620
See you in the Field!
Once you’ve sent us your application, signed the waiver, done a training, and your background check is complete, we can arrange your volunteer dates!
You can volunteer just once or as often as fits with your schedule. You can also volunteer for just part of the day, if that’s what fits best into your schedule!
Call Jennifer at (510) 423-2705, or email jenb@ravenwoodolc to arrange a volunteer schedule.
What people are Saying about Volunteering for Ravenwood:
I started out volunteering with Ravenwood as a way to spend more time in nature with my children. My experience with Ravenwood over the past 3 years has turned into an ongoing personal journey of growth and learning as well. I am reminded of what is really important in this life and that connection is at the root of it all. I am a better mom, spouse, nurse and homeschool guide because of the subtle treasures of connection that being part of the Ravenwood community has revealed to me.
Whenever I would come back from a Ravenwood day my wife would say, “You’re just so different, you’re glowing! I want some of that!” I wish we could do Ravenwood every week.
My volunteering started with a curiosity to know exactly what my son was doing in the woods all day and wondering what was putting that huge smile on his face when he came home. The training gave me new tools I can use at Ravenwood but also at home, work, or just life in general. Volunteering made me realize that as a working mom, I needed a little time in the woods myself. I can’t wait to go back to camp!