SITES Volunteers


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    Now accepting applications. Review will begin on April 10th on a first come basis.

    2024-2025 Schoolyard SITE Dates (UNH Durham)

    Workshops  - All workshops will be held at UNH Durham from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

            Tuesday, July 23, 2024

            Wednesday, July 24, 2024

            Thursday, July 25, 2024

            Saturday, September 7, 2024

    Five Wednesday Afternoons* (Nov. 6, Dec. 11, Feb. 5, March 5, April 9, after school ~3:30-6:00 pm) *these sessions are encouraged but optional for volunteers

    Periodic Visits & Collaboration with Teachers, September-May

    Final Showcase & Celebration, Wednesday, May 28, 2025 (4:00-6:00 pm)

    For more details email

    Schoolyard SITES offers an important role for Extension science volunteers to work with teachers to develop meaningful science experiences for elementary students.

    Volunteer Benefits   

    • Participate in workshops led by UNH science education and citizen science professionals
    • Collaborate with an experienced elementary classroom teacher
    • Design, and assist in teaching, an outdoor, locally relevant, citizen science project in partnership with a classroom teacher
    • Share your passion for nature and science
    • Impact how children learn science

    Volunteer Requirements    

    • Experience as a UNH Extension volunteer
    • Experience in a natural resources or science field
    • Commitment to professional learning in partnership with teachers (workshops listed above)
    • Enthusiasm for working with elementary classroom teachers and youth (no teaching experience required) throughout the school year
    • Willingness to support the development and implementation of a new citizen science project in an elementary classroom (topics vary from marine science to weather patterns to local wildlife to habitats and more)
    • Willingness to travel periodically to schools in the Seacoast or Merrimack Valley, during the school year (time will vary depending on selected citizen science project)
    • Successfully complete child safety online training & background check

    Roles of Volunteers - The following activities are examples of the varied roles volunteers play in Schoolyard SITES partnerships with teachers throughout year-long projects:

    Project Planning Activities (Summer/Fall)


    • researches citizen science programs
    • develops or refines testable question
    • helps install equipment (feeders, gauges. etc.) outside of class time
    • develops protocol, including integration of citizen science program protocols
    • researches teaching supplies (books, equipment)
    • scouts/surveys schoolyard
    • develop instruments or tools to use in the classroom (site maps, schematics, data sheets, etc.)
    • conducts/pilots data collection from alternative location (home, work, etc.) to compare schoolyard data\

    Project Implementation Activities (Fall/Winter/Spring)


    • teaches science content (e.g. insect identification) on a periodic or regular basis in the classroom (in small groups or whole class)
    • participates in field work with students, serving as a co-leader in the field
    • develops expertise in technology (e.g. iNaturalist) to share with teacher(s) and/or students.
    • and teachers talk to students about collaboration, experience in science, shares their story as a scientist/role model
    • attends online trainings with teachers
    • leads/organizes documentation (photography, documentation of student work)
    • facilitate sharing/collaboration among student groups

    Post-Project Activities (Spring)


    • helps teacher develop an opportunity for students to share and celebrate their projects/results/experience with a larger community (families, school, neighborhood, etc.)
    • compiles and/or uploads data to citizen science platform
    • helps students analyze data and/or data displays
    • develops display materials for Showcase