There are many opportunities for you to help the Asombro Institute for Science Education serve the community. Below are some ways that you can volunteer with Asombro. No experience with education or trail maintenance is necessary. Please call 575-524-3334 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Together, we can make a difference!
Attend a Volunteer Gathering
Join us for monthly volunteer gatherings, held on the second Tuesday of the month from 9:30-10:30 am at the Asombro Institute for Science Education office at 401 E College Drive, Las Cruces. This is a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and learn more about Asombro. We work on a variety of tasks such as folding newsletters, prepping for education programs, stapling, sharpening, etc.
Assist during a Classroom Program
We can always use a second pair of hands during our classroom programs. This volunteer helps the Asombro staff member pass out papers or equipment to students and assists students with basic tasks. Some programs take place over a full school day while others are just for one or two classes. We ask volunteers be available for the entire class time and bring a lunch if needed.
Help out at a Field Trip
Field trips are full-day events either to the Jornada Experimental Range Headquarters or the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Volunteers are paired with an Asombro staff member or another volunteer to conduct education stations on a variety of topics. We never put a volunteer in charge of station until they are ready and willing. We rally at our office at 8 am and drive out together. We are back to our office by 2 pm for elementary school field trips and 3:30 pm for middle and high school field trips. Volunteers need to dress for the weather (we go rain or shine) and bring a lunch and water.
Volunteer at a Public Program
Throughout the year, we host public events at our Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. At events such as nature hikes, public events, and Scientist Saturday Mornings, volunteers help check-in visitors and run activity booths. We provide the materials and training – you supply the enthusiasm and energy!
Do Trail Work
Several times throughout the year, we have trail work days at our Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. There is always something that needs to be raked or pruned. Sometimes, there are are other tasks, such as benches to paint or rocks to haul. Volunteers are asked to bring water and work gloves.