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Volunteer and Continuing Education

Actively advocate for a healthy environment! 

Direct any questions to the Certification Committee at volunteers.lmngno@gmail.com 

**COVID Updates**
February 6, 2021
As we begin to engage with the public in events and outreach, it is important to know what volunteers can expect at events. Here is an outline of safety protocols for tabling events.

Dinah Maygarden conducts a socially distanced workshop at the UNO Coastal Education Research Facility.

At LMNGNO, we aim to provide our membership with as many opportunities to engage with the natural world as possible. 

The Certification Committee and LMNGNO Board have been working hard to come up with ways to continue gaining volunteer and continuing education hours while keeping all of our amazing members safe. Our community's safety is of the utmost importance right now so please make sure to always practice safe social distancing measures in everything you do.

Below is a breakdown of those pre-approved opportunities and some highlights. Please contact us if you have other socially distant ideas you'd like us to consider.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Communication Committee contributions: We are always looking for contributions to the organization's various communications and platforms. Contact Tanee Janusz - communications.lmngno@gmail.com for more information. NEEDED: One to two people willing to dedicate a few hours each general meeting to edit and coordinate the newsletter and its contents. They will be awarded one hour for every hour worked.Written contributions - 1 volunteer hour per page of unedited text. Includes reflections, blog posts, and newsletter articles. Photo contributions - 1 volunteer hour per 5 photos submitted.
    • Media contributions - 1 volunteer hour per hour of labor (incl. research, planning, and execution). This criteria refers to alternate forms of media: visual art, sketches, paintings, videography, recorded lectures & webinars, data visualization, etc. Anything that can be shared on social sites. 
    • Online content- 1 volunteer hour per 3 social media posts. 
    • Editorial Work - 1 volunteer hour per hour of labor.

Organizations needing socially distant onsite volunteers

Some of our LMNGNO members spent their Saturday sprucing up the trail during Volunteer Day at Sankofa Nola’s Wetland Park & Nature Trail. Pictured: Marianne Maumus, Kismet Collins, and Nicole Green.

Northlake Nature Center
rue@northlakenature.org

City Park- Looking for some volunteer activities to do on your own time?  Then come on out to City Park to help our community! To see the list of volunteer opportunities and to sign up go to https://neworleanscitypark.com/info/volunteer.

  •  Trash pickup around the Park.  For litter pickup, all you would have to do is go around the Park on your own time with some gloves, trash bags, and a trash grabber (if you want one) to pick up trash.  I can provide supplies if you need any.  Really everywhere in the Park needs litter pickup, but some areas to focus on could be:  the front of the Park near NOMA, on Dreyfous Drive near Cafe du Monde, Harrison Avenue from Marconi to Wisner, along any shoreline, the Wisner Tract, Magnolia Drive, the bike path along Marconi, and Diagonal Drive.  Once your bag starts to get full, you can dump it into any of the trash cans at the Park.  There is also a dumpster near Pan American Stadium at the end of Zachary Taylor Drive where you can dump your trash if you happen to be in that area.
  • Working in Couturie Forest to clear trails, remove invasive species, and remove invasive vines (especially off of our younger, native trees).  If you have an interest in this, we can find a date to meet up and I can show you what needs to be done.  This can be a group activity or an activity for solo volunteers.  Our max capacity for groups at the moment is 25 volunteers. 
  •  On the third Saturday of each month, Master Naturalist volunteers partner with New Orleans City Park staff to remove invasive camphor trees from Scout Island. This effort is lead by Byron Almquist. For more info, visit City Park's blog post.
  • Here are two other people at the Park that are taking volunteers right now:
    • Pam Buckman, Sculpture Garden Manager - pbuckman@noma.org
      Sculpture Garden permitted to have volunteers on Monday and Tuesdays; group size limited to 10-12 volunteers.
    • Leo Gorman, Grow Dat Field Manager - leo@growdatyouthfarm.org
  • If you are interested in volunteering at our Botanical Garden you can call or email to schedule a time. Most volunteers work weekday mornings from 9-12. For more information or to set a time, contact Mark Meunier at mmeunier@nocp.org
  • Lastly, there are trash cleanups and other events listed on our Friends of City Park web page.  You can see the schedule and register here: https://www.friendsofcitypark.com/friends-of-city-park-clean-up-krewes/

Sankofa Wetland Park and Nature Trail
info@sankofanola.org

SOUL is looking for volunteers to distribute door hangers in neighborhoods where we want to plant trees in the fall. If you’re interested, please contact Mary Mysing-Gubala, marygubala@bellsouth.net  or call 225-573-5192.  

Volunteer Opportunity at the Louisiana Children’s Museum! Nature Guide Volunteers- The Louisiana Children's Museum is looking for Nature Guide Volunteers for this Summer! You’ll lead individual family tours around the museum landscape, keeping a social distance. Teach families about local plants and wildlife, and engage children in playful conversations about nature! Apply online at www.lcm.org/volunteer (Shift options: weekends and weekdays 9 am-12 pm, 12-3 pm or 3-6 pm)

Do you know of any other organizations that need onsite volunteers and are practicing social distancing protocols? Reply to this email and we can get them included on the list!

  • Nature's Notebook - Discover and document changes in nature near you. Phenology trails in the area
  • Project Gutenberg & Distributed ProofreadersSign up as a volunteer transcriber! "Distributed Proofreaders (DP) rescues public domain/out-of-copyright (and frequently out-of-print) books and converts them to "electronic texts" that can be read by people on most computers or e-readers...via Project Gutenberg." The book you select must be in the public domain and related to natural history. For reporting, the title must be included in the “Notes:” field on Track It Forward.
  • Zooniverse Projects: Zooniverse is an online citizen scientist platform with lots of different projects! Below are a variety of pre-approved projects. Please email volunteers.lmngno@gmail.com for other project approvals on this site.

Continuing Education Opportunities:

Seminars from a variety of speakers and content areas will take place on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM via ZOOM. In addition to an interesting hour of natural history, each speaker has been asked to present a challenge to the audience that would involve some variety of outdoor exploration or observation on your own. Attendance at one seminar is eligible for 1 hour of continuing education and participation in the individual outdoor challenge is eligible for 1 - 3 hours of volunteer time depending on the challenge. As always, you must file your hours on Track it Forward. If you have not signed up for an account, here is the link to LMNGNO Track it Forward account. Visit our seminars page to view the schedule. 
Only 1 hour of CE will be awarded per seminar attended.