Youth Naturalist Internship Program
San Francisco Nature Education provides interactive environmental education programs that develop leadership and stewardship in youth and adults. Our school programs focus on providing educational enrichment to students from underserved communities. We use local parks as natural classrooms to observe local and migratory birds and to provide inspiring and engaging natural experiences.
Our overarching goal is to create tomorrow’s environmental stewards and leaders by inspiring a life-long love of nature.
- Our interns learn about environmental conservation, and natural history.
- Our interns complete a research project on a relevant topic at the site they have chosen.
- Our interns serve as naturalists guiding and educating the general public.
Our Youth Naturalist Internship Program runs year-round and is synchronized with the school-year. Student interns must be in high school or college to apply.
We provide training and supply our interns with binoculars, field guides, and resource materials. Each of our interns is assigned to an experienced naturalist mentor.
In October, we conduct training for the Heron’s Head Park Program. Interns must be in high school or college to apply. Training is given at Heron Headís Park in October, November and December. The interns then lead public tours in January, February and March of the following year. Applications due by September 30th each year. Learn more about being an intern at Heronís Head Park.
In March, we conduct training for the Heron Watch Program. Interns must be in high school or college to apply. Our interns provide guided observation of the nests through high-powered spotting scopes and answer questions. Over 1000 children and adults attend this program annually. Applications due by March 1st of each year.
Click here to watch a video where interns share their experience with our internship program.
Interns learn about bird anatomy from
Instructor Allan Ridley.
Interns set up their scopes for the public.
Photo credit: SFNE 2012