Hatchery Helpers Youth Volunteer Program

The Hatchery Helpers Youth Volunteer Program is open to students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Hatchery Helpers is a nationally-recognized, award-winning program that allows students to learn about nature and conservation through experiences in volunteerism.

Hatchery Helpers is a fun, free experience in a great learning environment. Youth volunteers will complete light maintenance projects like trail maintenance, watering flowers, and chasing cobwebs. In addition, a fun program of wildlife conservation and outdoor education will be taught, including nature journaling, electrofishing, bird banding, fly fishing, fish anatomy and archery lessons!

Read a great article highlighting the volunteer work and experiences of the Hatchery Helpers at D.C. Booth!  Click here. 

The program is divided into two summer sessions, and applicants may apply for one or both of the sessions. The group meets from 8:30am-12:00pm Tuesday through Friday. 

2017 Hatchery Helper Dates

Session 1: June 13th - 30th

Session 2: July 11th - 28th

*The deadline for applications to be postmarked is Friday, May 19, 2017.*

Applications for Hatchery Helpers will be distributed to local schools in spring 2017. You can also download an application now by clicking here. 

Applicants will receive notification by mail or phone within two weeks as to whether or not they have been accepted into the program. We understand that family vacations, appointments, illness, and other special circumstances may prevent your child from attending several days during the session, but please do not apply if you cannot commit to most or all of the duration of the program.





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