Join us for Families in Nature Guide Development to get your community out into nature to play, learn, and volunteer together!
This Guide Development weekend will be a fun and thorough training that will give you everything you need to be able to take families out into nature safely. You will leave with new friends and over 1400 ideas for teaching informal science and nature education outside to all ages of participants through our Ecologist School Program. Families are invited to attend the Guide Development Weekend as well. You and your family will learn new leadership skills and fresh ways to explore nature.
The FIN Guide Development Program is a great resume builder for those looking to grow or expand their career in the outdoor, environmental education, or conservation fields.
FIN Guide Benefits:
After completion of FIN Guide Development, you will earn access to the Ecologist School Program Guide, you can order ES badges and Nature Journals online, and you are eligible to start a FIN Nature Community.
Once you start a group, as a FIN Nature Community Guide, you will be given a group first aid kit, you will be invited to join our Community of Practice with webinars, templates and staff support throughout the year, we will subsidize your first aid/CPR training, you will be covered by FIN liability insurance, you will have access to FIN scholarship funds, and you will be invited to special Guide events and adventures.
What to Expect:
The FIN Guide Development Program is a full weekend of camping in Central Texas. We will welcome everyone on Friday evening with s’mores by the fire, lessons on campsite set up, and a night hike. Saturday will be filled with opportunities for our Guides’ families to explore the property with our FIN Junior Ecologists, while Guides learn about the Ecologist School Program, how to plan successful adventures, how to keep families safe outdoors, and how to inspire hope and a love of nature. Saturday night we will share a potluck dinner by the fire. Sunday morning we will start the day with a nature walk, break down camp, and allow plenty of time for new Guides to ask questions before we conclude the weekend. Gear will be provided for those who are traveling or do not own their own camping equipment.
If you would like to apply to attend Families in Nature Guide Development, please complete the online application. Full and Partial Scholarships are available! Scholarships are made possible by a grant from the Environmental Fund of Texas.
The cost of attending the Families in Nature Guide Development Program is $750 with discounts available for Guides who commit to starting a new Nature Community within one year.