on May 03, 2013 10:56 AM • Views 2467
Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell

BREVARD, N.C. (May 3, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is seeking volunteers to help accommodate increased seasonal visitation.

Located off U.S. 276 near Brevard alongside the Davidson River, the wildlife education center offers free admission, with a busy schedule of hands-on programs and conservation activities.

Vacant volunteer positions include:

· Raceway Monitors, to answer questions about the hatchery;

· Front Desk, to greet and assist visitors, and answer phones;

· Maintenance Assistance, for mowing, and garden and facility upkeep;

· Educational Assistance, to aid wildlife educators in managing large groups; and,

· Master Anglers, to provide guidance and instruction to fishing program participants.

Many of the volunteer functions require no previous experience. Training will be provided.

“The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is an ideal setting for drop-in visitors and pre-registered program participants alike,” said Melinda Patterson, center director. “To help everyone enjoy a fulfilling experience, we need help from the community to serve as volunteers. I think the volunteer opportunities can be rewarding and a great way to give back to conservation and outdoor recreation.”

The center features five large aquariums representing different aquatic habitats. Outside, visitors enjoy nature trails and the neighboring Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery, where trout are raised in 54 raceways. Hours of operation through November are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. To volunteer or for more information on the volunteer program, call 828-877-4423.

For information on the center, its events and programs, go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah.aspx or call 828-877-4423.