GET INVOLVED

How Can i volunteer?

Volunteers are fundamental to the success of Ballyntyne Learning Farm! We happily welcome volunteers to help teach a learning session, assist with projects alongside the kiddos or to help with the maintenance and beautification of the farm. Please find a brief explanation of the potential roles below!

 

Typical Farm Projects
  •  Farm beautification (planting bushes, tree, and flowers around the pond)

  • Garden maintenance (weeding, planting, building planter boxes, churning compost)

  • Animal care (laying down fresh hay, feeding and grooming, milking animals, fence repair, shelter repair, stall mucking)

  • Barn upkeep (repainting, cleaning, decorating, and repairing) 

 

Typical Learning Sessions
  • Assist day-campers with projects (arts & crafts, nature hikes, science experiments, building projects)

  • Or, if you are passionate or have a background in the following areas (weather, water, soil, bugs, gardening, birds, farm animal, wild animals, trees, pollution, recycling) we would love to have your help leading a learning session. We always enjoy hearing from local community members!

How Do I Sign Up to Volunteer? 

To begin, a HUGE thank you for all those interested in working alongside the staff of Ballyntyne Learning Farm to help create positive memories for our day campers! Your help and knowledge are critical to BLF's success!

  1. Please fill out the "Volunteer Registration Form" (below). Kindly indicate which category of activities and projects you'd like to help with. For example, beautification/clean-up, assist day campers in a learning session, or, teach a learning session.

  2. We ask that all volunteers kindly fill out a "Liability Waiver and Personal Release Form" (below) and bring it with you the day of your volunteer shift. 

Activities Calendar

*Please stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities!

3. Volunteers 18 and Under:

  • Prior to being able to volunteer, we require a teacher recommendation be filled out by a teacher from your school. Please scan and email this form back to us prior to your volunteer day.  We're excited to meet you and work together!

 

 

 

  • For volunteers who will be assisting with a learning session, the Director of BLF will be in contact with you shortly to discuss lesson plan materials.

  • *Day-Of: Day campers arrive for their learning session at 8:45 so we ask that you please arrive at 8:15 am for a brief orientation where your volunteer duties will be explained and last minute questions answered.

 

4.  Volunteers 18 and Older: 

  • Helping with Beautification/Clean Up: If you have an interest in an afternoon or weekend beautification or cleanup project, a criminal background check is not required. Now that you've completed the above Volunteer Interest Form, you're all done! Please check your email for a confirmation note from the Director

  • Helping with or Teaching a Learning Session: If you have an interest in assisting our day-campers with hands-on projects, experiments, playing in the garden, feeding our farm animals, and scavenger hunts during our nature walks, we do require that you complete a brief criminal background check. The same background check is required of volunteers who are interested in teaching a learning session. We are committed to the safety and comfort of our day-campers and want to ensure that their learning environment remains safe. Please find the link below where you will be redirected to a site to complete your check. Please note that there is a cost of $20 for your check. We thank you for your willingness to help the staff and the day-campers! Chaperones will be accompanying our day-campers but extra helping hands are always appreciated!

    • For volunteers who will be assisting with teaching (giving a brief educational demonstration to the day-campers), the Director of BLF will be in contact with you shortly to discuss lesson plan materials and any resources that you would like to use to teach the day-campers.

    • *Day-Of: Day campers arrive for their learning session at 8:45 so we ask that you please arrive at 8:15 am for a brief orientation and a discussion of the day. 

 
 
 
 
What to bring

On the day of your shift that you are scheduled to help at, please make sure to bring along your great attitude! We aim to provide students and groups with a fun, relaxing and memorable day and as a volunteer, we rely on your energy to accomplish that goal. 

Please dress in layers and bring shoes that can get dirty. We will provide an apron for you to wear during the project times as well as gardening gloves when we are in the garden. Please bring a snack and water. We rely on the help of volunteers to best provide for the students and we ask that you remain with the group until the learning session has ended.

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Phone: 503-708-6284

Email: kiely@ballyntynelearningfarm.org

Address: 2556 Ballyntyne Road S. Salem, OR 97302

Mailing Address: 516 SE Morrison St Suite 700 Portland, OR. 97204