Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History


Field Guide Training: New Guides





The 2014 Field Guide Training Program will include (1) training for new guides, those having completed only one-year of training, or those returning to field guide work after being away from it for a while and (2) for veteran guides (2 or more years of experience), a separate brush-up day and a day to share experiences with the new guides.  An informational meeting for prospective guides about the training and being a museum volunteer in general will be held on Tuesday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.    

If you have a yen to learn about the natural history of Cape Cod, Wing Island, and the Stony Brook Valley area, and if you enjoy talking with others and sharing what you’ve learned, then come join a like-minded group of volunteers and become a field guide at Cape Cod’s Nature Place, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Completing the field guide training program prepares you to serve as a volunteer field guide or naturalist who can lead school children out on the museum trails in spring and fall and lead family walks during summer months. 

During the training veteran CCMNH volunteer field guides and naturalists will share information about the geology, biology, ecology and human history of the Wing Island area.  Guides will learn how to convey this information to audiences of all ages in a way that gives rise to an appreciation of the rich diversity of life in the woodlands, salt marsh and beach ecosystems and the importance of being stewards of our natural surroundings. Each training session will include an hour of discussion and a 2-hour instructional walk on museum trails (i.e., appropriate dress is required).         

Schedule for New Guides (new trainee, 1 year of experience, after an extended absence)

Six Tuesdays, March 11 – April 15, 2014

            9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Shadow veteran field guides on walks – individually scheduled after April 15


Bud Ferris, Field Guide Training Coordinator

For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Knoss at CCMNH ........ 508 896 3867 #119 or