teenFriends of Martin Park
Nature Center

First Event Announcement!

DATE CHANGE UPDATE: Mark your calendars...on Saturday October 2, 2021 the 2nd Annual Coyotes vs. Hawks Adventure Run is scheduled.  This is a great volunteering opportunity at a signature event!  Please let us know if you are interested.

**Applications now open for the 2021-2022 season!**

(For the 2021-2022 season, a new board structure and responsibilities will be in place to allay COVID-19 concerns, while addressing various student needs and parent concerns.)

Established November 2017, the Friends of Martin Nature Center Teen Board is a unique opportunity for high school students to connect with the community as well as their environment.  The purpose of the teenFriends Teen Board is to bring a team of high school students together to aid FMPNC, Inc. in preserving and sharing the native habitat of Martin Park for current and future generations.  By engaging youth in our park activities, we will bring new energy into our mission-based work while developing nature and environmental ambassadors and future leaders of our community.

The teenFriends Teen Board seeks to encourage personal growth and development of the skills and behavior required of good teenFriend team members and leaders.  Students will have the opportunity to earn volunteer service hours by attending board meetings and park events while learning about careers in natural resources, parks, recreation and leisure, wildlife, and biology.  Board members will also have the unique opportunity to learn how nonprofits and societies work together and with city government.


Selected FMPNC Teen Board members serve from September through April.  Students earn volunteer hours by meeting attendance, event assistance and through 'micro/virtual-volunteering' activities.  Due to the COVID-19 affect on volunteer opportunities, meetings, and park events, teen volunteers may earn service hours through fundraising, material donations, and by completing small tasks that address the Park's need for non-contact educational exhibits. These 'micro/virtual-volunteering' tasks can be done at home or out in nature and can include photography, short videos, and viewing and evaluating TED talks online.  Teen board members will be required to attend meetings that will be structured with teen and park employee safety in mind.




Teen Board members must attend high school and be enrolled in 9th to 12th grade. 


Younger members may be considered based on FMPNC / Park employee recommendations.


Teen board meetings are once a month on Sundays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at the Martin Park Nature Center.  Meetings are held every 3rd Sunday.


Board members will serve an eight month term from September through April.


Board members may only miss one scheduled meeting.


The first board meeting is a mandatory curbside orientation on September 26.

By filling out and submitting this application below, I affirm that the contact and personal information is accurate.  I understand that I am making a commitment to attend and actively participate in all required meetings, volunteer opportunities, and events.  

The application deadline is Sunday September 12, 2021.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday September 14th.  Appearing at the curbside meeting on September 26th indicates acceptance of the board member position.  All necessary paperwork is to be completed at that time.

I understand that meetings will be held on Sunday afternoons and that optional FMPNC Board/Park events may be scheduled for an evening or weekend day.  

I will be responsible for notifying the teen board director of any conflicts in a timely manner and that I will make-up hours if requested.


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