Maple season is starting at the nature center and this year we are expanding a community science project volunteers began last year. We are currently monitoring the sugar content of the sap from our maple trees and looking for signs of the local yellow-bellied sapsuckers feeding on the maples. This community science project will help us determine the age and health of the trees in our sugarbush as well as shed some light on if sapsuckers know which trees are the sweetest.

Student Contact Information


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Emergency Medical Information

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Maple Community Science Dates

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Release of Claims

- Open to any student between the ages of 13-18 and/or grades 7th through 12th.

Youth volunteers at Cincinnati Nature Center (CNC) sometimes agree to participate in activities that may involve some risk. They always have the right to refuse any task or activity that they feel is unsafe. Youth volunteers agree to follow the safety directions of CNC staff and exercise reasonable care in all activities in which they participate. Additionally, CNC staff and adult volunteers will take every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety of youths when participating in the youth volunteer program at Cincinnati Nature Center.

Some of the usual activities that youths participate in during CNC programs can include, but are not limited to:
· organized exploration of the outdoors (including, but not limited to walks to fields, pastures, lakes, ponds, streams, rock outcrops and other natural areas for educational purposes)
· animal handling (with contact including, but not limited to, captive non-venomous snakes, frogs, salamanders; free-living animals such as crayfish, fish, frogs, turtles, insects; and occasionally dogs and other domestic animals used in demonstration programs)
· field trips away from CNC (the nature of which would be detailed in specific program information supplied to the participant), with transport provided by staff and/or volunteers in CNC or personal vehicles (all children seat-belted)

These activities can, by their nature, pose some risk to the participants, including, but not limited to, physical or emotional stress, physical risk and exposure to environment or contact allergens (dust, molds, pollen, animals, poison ivy, grasses, and insect bites and stings among other things). It is important to note that some of these risks are in addition to the usual risks attendant to youth volunteer program experiences. Therefore, our staff needs to be informed of any and all physical, emotional, developmental, learning or health limitations of which you are aware that might place your child and/or others at greater than normal risk during participation in this program. Thus, it is incumbent upon you to complete the Youth Volunteer Emergency Medical Form thoroughly, clearly, and thoughtfully.

My checking 'I agree; you acknowledge this Release of Claims must be reviewed by a legal guardian over the age of 18 before volunteer work with CNC can begin.

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