Kenyon student and community volunteers are essential to the work of the Brown Family Environmental Center.
Every year, nearly 1,000 elementary school children take field trips to the BFEC to connect with nature and learn about science through hands-on exploration. The program would not be possible without the 50+ volunteers that sign up annually for the fall or spring field trip season. Learn more about field trip volunteer opportunities.
From spring until fall, the BFEC gardens are a busy place. The wildlife garden features over 60 species of native plants that attract birds and butterflies. Volunteers help with planting, weeding, growing seedlings, composting, and greeting visitors. Contact Program & Facility Assistant Jill Kerkhoff at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The 7-mile trail system at the BFEC needs regular attention, as does our invasive plant control effort. Volunteers remove fallen branches or trees, trim back invading vegetation, remove patches or invasive exotic plants and replace missing trail markers. This work can be physically demanding, but it also has its rewards. Contact David Heithaus, BFEC director of facilities, to learn more.
The BFEC installed a dozen Bluebird nesting boxes in 1999 to assist this colorful species that is threatened by invasive bird species. The trail now includes 38 nesting boxes, from which over 700 young bluebirds have fledged. Volunteers walk BFEC trails to monitor nesting boxes in order to limit disturbance by invasive species and other pests, adding to long-term data about nesting success in the process. Contact David Heithaus, BFEC director of facilities, to learn more.
Every year the BFEC hosts a variety of special events including the Earth Day Festival, Earth Day Challenge 1/2 Marathon & 4-Miler, Mud Man Triple Trail Race Series and the Fall Harvest Festival. These events wouldn't be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers!
There's also never a shortage of tasks to complete around the Visitor Center year-round. If you're looking for another way to contribute, contact us about what's going on behind the scenes.