As a Park guide you will be the expert on hand to provide information and answer questions of those attending your tour. Tour themes may be based on the Park’s history; be that medieval or railway themed, wildlife, flora and fauna or conservation.
This could be the perfect role for someone who holds specialist knowledge relating to the Park or its walking routes. You might be a confident public speaker, or looking to develop this skill, with an ability to lead a group.
You might be…
- assisting or leading a tour with a theme relating to the Park e.g. the railway
- planning routes and tour themes that are suitable for different audiences
- working with other volunteers to run complementary tours that sit alongside other events within the Park
- making sure that tours are inclusive, engaging and suitable for all abilities
- preparing for questions that might be asked during talks and tours
- preparing paperwork to ensure that all attendees are safe and informed throughout the tour
- suggesting new ideas and initiatives that will broaden the Park’s reach and appeal to a number of audiences
- shadowing other volunteers to learn more about the Park
How much time does the role take up?
When leading a tour, the guide will need sufficient time for planning(route, content and any health and safety considerations) in addition to running of the event. Tours can run for anywhere between 30 minutes and a few hours, depending on the tour length and topic. You may wish to assist with a tour and so will need to allow enough time to welcome attendees, participate in the tour and wrap up at the end. You may wish to do this as a ‘one-off’ or make it a regular slot. Details like this can be discussed should you decide to get involved
How might volunteers benefit from getting involved?
- by meeting new people that you otherwise may not meet
- developing your specialist knowledge regarding nature and/ or Park heritage
- regular opportunities to develop your presentation skills and confidence in public speaking
- spending time outside with fellow enthusiasts