Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center

River Campus and Raptor Center

The mission of the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center is to promote environmental stewardship and population health through nature education, wildlife rehabilitation, and outdoor recreation.
Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center

Volunteer with us!

Invest your talents and skills to make a difference. We need people like you — people who are willing to help wildlife, educate the community, and help care for our natural world. Volunteers are an essential part of our daily operations; your efforts help us carry out our Mission. Volunteer once a year, once a month or once a week. We are committed to finding the perfect opportunity that best suits your time and talents. For school hours, please note we currently do not have the staff capacity to work with volunteers under the age of 16 unless you can volunteer with a parent or organize adult supervision.

Benefits of Becoming a Volunteer

  • Our Education Volunteers are dedicated to caring for the birds and providing thought-provoking programs.

    Our Education Volunteers are dedicated to caring for the birds and providing thought-provoking programs.

    Free membership with a commitment of 8 hours per month for a total of 96 hours in a year.

  • You could develop marketable skills for future career opportunities.
  • You are provided valuable training and other learning opportunities.
  • Your time volunteering can be applied to meet community service hours.
  • You will be honored at our Annual Volunteer Recognition Picnic.
  • You will help Make the World a Better Place.

Trail Ranger

Volunteer Trail Rangers act as our eyes and ears out on the trail! Trail Rangers help us keep the trail clean, report vandalism, provide helpful information to our visitors, monitor the parking lot, and report wildlife sightings. We need rangers for every day of the week; schedule is flexible!

Office Volunteers

We need ongoing volunteers to assist our staff with administrative projects and keep everything at our front desk running smoothly. A reliable office volunteer has good computer skills, organizational skills, and is a self-starter who needs minimal supervision. These cheerful assistants greet visitors, route phone calls, and also

  • Create, assemble and mail publicity for special events and programs
  • Complete sales transactions in our small gift shop
  • Set-up for picnics, parties and weddings indoors and outdoors
  • Help restock first aid kits
  • Clean office & Gift Shop
  • Make calls from our call list and assist with filing
Our gardens need care and attention.

Our gardens need care and attention.

Gardeners, Groundskeepers, Weed Warriors

We are seeking volunteers to water, weed, and maintain our gardens each week. This a great opportunity for a young family, a beginner or an avid gardener. No experience necessary, training is provided.

Special Events

Our special events require “all hands on deck” for organizing and on-site assistance. Come join the fun! Here are some examples: Spring Plant Sale; Our Annual Dinner and Fundraiser is held on what else? Earth Day; Halloween Family Fun Festival; Santa Hike; Raptor Resolution Run; Memorials; Weddings; Birthday Parties.

Volunteer Naturalists

The Volunteer Naturalist Program is for any adult who is Interested in learning more about our local flora, fauna, geology and the ecological relationships that make NRCP’s home along the Arkansas River such a special place. It is for the person who has a burning desire to share what they know with others. Volunteer Naturalists participate in 6 weekly training sessions, where they are given the tools and information needed to teach NRCP’s school curriculum and to lead hikes or natural history presentations for the public.

After the training, volunteers share their knowledge and enthusiasm with audiences of all ages. Volunteer Naturalist opportunities include:

  • Outdoor Classroom Guide – Leads field trips for school children and youth groups.
  • Weekend Interpreter – Offers presentations or leads hikes for groups, staffs event booths and more.
  • Raptor Center Greeter – Staffs the raptor center on weekends to greet visitors and answer questions about the birds of prey and the raptor center. Let them know where they can get more information and how to become NRCP members or volunteers.
  • Arkansas River Water Quality Monitor – Assist in collecting water samples for physical and biological analysis.
  • Raptor Care Team – Raptor Care Team volunteers provide all maintenance duties of raptor facilities, including cleaning cages and grounds, and minor repair and maintenance. Volunteers assist with all aspects of animal care, including feeder animals and raptor patients. Volunteers also care for our resident education raptors and, if interested, may participant in our educational outreach activities. No previous experience is necessary, training is provided. Typical tasks at the raptor facilities include Cleaning rodent cages; Cleaning resident and rehabilitation raptor enclosures; Assisting with treatment of rehabilitation patients; Preparation of Food for Raptors and Rodents; Data entry; and Visitor Greeting.

Equal Volunteering Opportunity

NRCP provides equal volunteering opportunity for everyone regardless of age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religious persuasion, marital status, sexual orientation, polictical belief, or disability that does not prohibit performance of essential job functions. All matters relating to volunteering are based upon ability to perform the job, as well as dependability and reliability.

How to Apply

Download our volunteer application from this website.  After you fill out the application, mail it to Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center, PO Box 99, Beulah, CO, 81023, or drop it off at the River Campus office (5200 Nature Center Rd. Pueblo, CO 81003) in person.

2018 Volunteer Application