Community Outreach and Involvement
Community volunteers have played a vital role in the operation and success of the Watershed Wonders, Young Explorers and Stream Ecology field trips for K-12 students and teachers.
Over 70 volunteers from Central Virginia have helped young students learn and understand about their environment. Our volunteers have ranged from college students to retirees and have included Central Virginia Master Naturalists, natural resource agency employees, homemakers, business executives, retired teachers, and environmental advocates.
Volunteers participate in a special orientation to get familiarized with the natural features of the Center and the science curriculum.
Community Use of the Center
Local businesses and community organizations are using portions of the Center's natural areas and the Education Building to hold retreats, seminars, and workshops.
If your organization would like to rent Center facilities, contact the College's Walter G. Mason Center for Business Development or the Claytor Nature Study Center at email@example.com or 540.587.6782.
On-site leadership and adventure training is also available for businesses and other organizations through the College's Lynchburg College Outdoor Leadership Program.
Future volunteer programs will include the involvement of senior citizens through a collaborative project between Lynchburg College's Beard Center on Aging and the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement(EASI), a national organization that involves retired persons in environmental outreach projects.
The Center is listed as a site along the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries western phase of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail system. Visitors to the region will be encouraged to stop by our future wetland interpretive wayside on their way to or from the Blue Ridge Parkway.