Morningside Nature Center is Looking for a Few Great Volunteers
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is reaching out to our community, seeking long-term volunteers to help support programs at Morningside Nature Center.
- Volunteers are needed to interpret life on a Florida farm as if you were living in the year 1870 during the monthly Living History Days program.
- Volunteers are also needed to play the modern-day role of greeters both at Living History Days and for weekday visitors at Morningside Nature Center.
The Living History Days program takes place on the first Saturday of each month September through May, when Morningside Nature Center’s Living History Farm comes to life! Visitors can step back to a time when the rooster’s crow and the rising sun, not an alarm clock, welcomed a new day. Living History Days staff and volunteers don traditional clothing and assume the role of the farm family as they interpret day-to-day north central Florida life during the year 1870. Traditional crafts and trades such as blacksmithing, woodworking, quilting, knitting, spinning, weaving and period folk music are important parts of the program, as well as day-to-day activities such as cooking on a wood stove, farming, gardening and feeding farm animals.
Greeters help make visitors feel welcome on the farm, and share information to enrich their experiences. Greeters may wear modern clothing, and act as a bridge to understanding Living History Days by answering questions that the first-person interpreters cannot answer without stepping out of their 1870 role.
Any amount of volunteer time is appreciated. Interests in local history, traditional crafts and skills, traditional gardening and farming methods and/or experience in first-person interpretation are all great assets, but all are welcome to help out! Training and period garb is provided. Volunteer roles may also be available with our Environmental Education staff for individuals with knowledge or interest in fields related to ecology or natural history. For more information and the opportunity to volunteer, please contact Volunteer Services Coordinator at 352-316-5364 or PRCAvolunteer@cityofgainesville.org.