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Volunteers & Docents

CNC Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are a key part of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The Center has many exciting volunteer opportunities available. Opportunities are available in most of the departments here at the Nature Center.

*Year Round Volunteers

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age for most of our ongoing volunteer opportunities. Some exceptions may be made for individuals that will be volunteering with a parent or legal guardian. For more information about the different opportunities available please download our volunteer brochure by clicking on the link below.

All potential volunteers must fill out and return the CNC Volunteer application & waiver. You can download an application and either return it by scanning it to email of by sending through regular mail.

*One-time Special Event Volunteers

Special events are very important here at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Special event opportunities are perfect for volunteers that would like to help out at the Nature Center but cannot commit to in-depth training and time required by many of our year round volunteer opportunities. These events are also great for families or groups to volunteer together. Special event volunteers must be at least 12 years of age or older. All those under the age of 16 are required to volunteer with an adult. Please fill out the RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY form and bring with you the day you volunteer.

To be added to the special event email list so that you can become one of CNC’s event volunteers please email your name, telephone number, and preferred email address to with Special Event Volunteer Email Request in the subject line. Click here to download the RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY form, please bring this form with you the day you volunteer.

*Interns or School, Club, Civic Organization Required Hours

The Nature Center does provide opportunities for individuals to complete internship requirements as well as hours needed by schools, clubs, or civic organizations. If the required number of hours is less than 15 we generally request that the individual sign up to help out with an existing CNC special event. Individuals that need more than 15 hours should contact the volunteer office at the Nature Center to discuss possible opportunities that may be available. You may either call or email with your request for additional information. Be sure to include in your email the number of hours that are required, any specific guidelines or requirements for completing the hours, along with the group/school/organization that is requiring the hours to be completed. Please click here to download our RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY form. Please complete this form and bring with you the day you volunteer.

*Special Group Projects

Project opportunities vary based upon group size, time, and various age levels. Minimum number of people required for a group project is 10 and the maximum number for any group workday is 50 people. The minimum age is 12 years old, but may vary based on the type project available. Whole, half-day, and multiple day projects may be arranged based on the group’s availability.
Days that are open to group project requests may include Monday thru Saturday between the hours of 9AM and 5PM. Each request is subject to CNC staff and appropriate project availability. For more information contact 770-992-2055 ext. 223 or email

Community Garden

The Nature Center has a new community garden, sponsored by a grant from Kaiser Permanente. The garden’s purpose is to promote healthy living, and work collectively to produce food for donation to the North Fulton Community Charities. We are looking for some dedicated volunteers for regular help with planting, tending, harvesting and caring for a vegetable garden. No experience required! This is a great way to learn about vegetable gardening in a hands-on way.

Lisa Simpson with Snake


Docents are CNC volunteers who are stationed at a variety of exhibits on the grounds and in the Discovery Center.
Docents help others gain an understanding of the natural world.

  • As a docent at the Chattahoochee Nature Center you will learn about native animals and plants as you train on the grounds of our 127 acre facility.
  • You will learn how to be an interpreter of information, and will feel comfortable answering a wide diversity of questions.
  • Some docents lead interpretive hikes on the woodland or riverside trails
  • A docent can train to be a wildlife handler, working with the non-releasable native reptiles and raptors which have a home here at CNC
  • Docents gain experience in all facets of environmental education; invaluable to teachers who want to enhance their GPS requirements in the classroom.

Docents are the friendly faces here on the grounds and available to visitors. They are here because they love what they do, and welcome the chance to share what they have learned with others. It’s a calling that truly gives back as much as you put into it. All CNC docents go through a training process which begins with a 1/2 day orientation (scheduled two times throughout the year), and is followed by several observations of other docents and CNC naturalists in action. Each docent can arrange observations around their schedule with the help of a staff member. The process is completed in 3-6 months. For information on the next Docent Orientation, please visit the calendar of events page or contact the volunteer coordinator.