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Color photo of high school students preparing the gound for construction of a rain garden. 

 Color photo of high school students looking through binoculars as they monitor Purple Martins at Woodard Bay NRCA   Color photo of high school seniors helping elementary students build bluebird boxes.   Color photo of high school students creating docudrama regarding black bears in Capitol State Forest

DNR Offers Volunteer opportunities for all Ages

Have you ever thought of working outdoors with wildlife, fish, and beautiful views? Through a variety of adventures, DNR offers opportunities for students:    

  • Recreation Volunteer
    There's all sorts of ways you can get involved in improving recreation on DNR-managed lands. Help build and repair trails. Restore or monitor a stream. Paint buildings. Build a bridge.
  • Forest Watch Volunteers in DNR's Southeast Region
    Forest watch volunteers help protect and enhance DNR-managed land while working with the public to encourage appropriate recreation use. Volunteers also educate the public about the value of natural resources and DNR’s role as steward of more than 3 million acres of state trust lands.
  • Natural Areas Stewardship and Volunteers
    Volunteers serve a key role as stewards for natural areas and as links to local communities. Large groups are often needed for restoration and trail building projects. Individuals serve as site stewards, interpreters, data collectors, or help in the office. Volunteers help in the protection of biodiversity and often gain a personal connection to these special places. Information on volunteering is available through the nearest DNR Region office.

Student internships for college credit may be available or can be developed to meet the needs of both the student and Natural Areas Program.

Past Senior culminating Project  

Example of Several Senior culminating Projects with our partners

Nature Tourism: Nature Tourism is the travel through and enjoyment of the natural world. Students toured existing nature tourism sites and created a community profile through public surveys. Based on those surveys, they created a professional report of the findings. The report made recommendations for enhancing nature tourism.

Purple Martins: Students were trained to monitor Purple Martins for numbers and behaviors of this species. For three months they monitored and recorded the observations every 10 days for two hours just before sunset. After the monitoring period was up, the students compiled the data and presented to DNR and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

NatureMapping with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
NatureMapping is a program that builds connections between schools, citizens, and researchers while providing hands-on learning opportunities. One student conducted research related to the intertidal zones and received a brief NatureMapping overview. To bring awareness, he presented a video and power point to his local community. 

Bird Survey: Students involved in this project were trained to identify species of birds and how to survey the species. Their research will be used to assist in current and future habitat enhancement decisions for the Parks and Recreation Department of Tumwater.

Salmon Spawning: Teams of students were trained and sent out to the rivers and creeks to count the salmon that were alive and dead. They also got to perform a dissection to see if the dead salmon had completed spawning.

Other Projects
If you have an interest in these projects or any other aspect of natural resources or land management, please contact Janet Pearce at janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov or (360) 902-1122.


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Janet Pearce
Communications Manager
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Fax 360-902-1775


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