Share your passion for nature and park history as a Frick Environmental Center volunteer
The Frick Environmental Center is a welcome facility, education hub, and gateway to Frick Park. Free and open to all, this cutting-edge building enhances visitor experience and is home base for Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy education programs.
Frick Environmental Center Volunteer Naturalists and Docents welcome park visitors to the Center. Trained by Parks Conservancy staff, they communicate their knowledge and passion for nature and park history to provide a high quality experience for park visitors. Many times, they're the first face that visitors see when they enter the park!
If you're a people person with a passion for nature, we welcome you to join us as a Volunteer Naturalist or Docent!
Volunteer Docents greet park visitors at the Welcome Desk of the Frick Environmental Center. They are trained to be knowledgeable of the park and the building. Docents enhance visitor experience by sharing their passion and helping to create positive park experiences for all.
Building Docent requirements and expectations:
- Attend one Building Docent training. This training covers Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy mission and philosophy; the building design and mechanics; and how to volunteer at the front desk.
- Volunteer 4 hours per month
- Obtain Act 33/34 criminal and child abuse clearances
Volunteer Naturalists take on the same responsibilities as Building Docents, with added opportunities to volunteer beyond the front desk. These additional opportunities are tailored to each individual's interests and can include helping with Parks Conservancy school programs (1st, 4th, 8th, and high school); leading public hikes; leading site tours; and giving talks and presentations.
If you have a passion for nature, a desire to help others, and love teaching, this opportunity is for you!