SITES Volunteers


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    Now accepting applications. Review will begin on March 31st on a first come basis.

    2022-2023 Schoolyard SITE Dates (UNH Manchester)

    Workshops  - All workshops will be held at UNH Manchester from 9:00am - 4:00 pm. All travel expenses to workshops in Manchester, NH will be reimbursed at federal mileage rates.     

              Wednesday, July 13

              Tuesday, July 26

              Wednesday, July 27

              Thursday, July 28

              Friday, July 29

              Saturday, September 17

    Periodic Visits & Collaboration with Teachers, September-May

    Final Showcase & Celebration, Wednesday, May 31 (4:00-6:00 pm)

    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
    • Take part in a research study to improve elementary science
    • Receive stipend ($500 for participation in the research)

    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 below)
    • 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 plant phenology to weather patterns to local wildlife to habitats and more)
    • Willingness to travel periodically to schools in the Merrimack Valley, during the school year (time will vary depending on selected citizen science project)
    • Successfully complete child safety online training & background check
    • Willingness to participate in research (surveys/interviews) related to the teacher-volunteer partnership and science education


      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