Deer Hollow needs volunteers


Deer Hollow Farm is looking for volunteers to teach students visiting the 150-year-old farm. Deer Hollow hosts more than 5,300 students a year, from kindergarteners to fourth-graders, with most students coming from Mountain View elementary schools.

The docent training will begin on Jan. 9, according to Jessica Morgan, the farm's environmental education coordinator.

"I've been taking my class to the farm for the past six years. The live experience of being out there with nature can never be replicated in the classroom," said Laura Marshall, a Castro Elementary School teacher.

The farm connects students to Santa Clara County's agricultural history. Children hike a trail to a replica of the Ohlone village while learning about the importance of plants and wildlife to the first inhabitants of the area. Volunteers educate children about raising farm animals and growing crops.

Mountain View resident Joan Lewis said that she enjoys volunteering at the farm because she can be outdoors while giving back to the community.

Anyone interested may contact Deer Hollow Farm at (650) 903-6430 or via email at


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Posted by Jessica M.
a resident of another community
on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thank you Voice for helping to spread the word about the Deer Hollow Farm volunteer program. We are looking for adult volunteers to join us as School Year Docents. Classes for kindergarten-fourth graders are held Tues, Wed, and Thurs mornings, between 2 and 4 hours long. We are requesting a minimum commitment of participating in at least 3 classes per month.
An informational meeting will be help at the Mountain View Library, Community Room, on Monday, Jan 9 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Three training dates follow on Jan 23, Jan 30 and Feb 6.

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Posted by Fun farm
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Deer Hollow is awesome!

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Posted by Eileen
a resident of another community
on Jan 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I volunteered at Deer Hollow for many years up until my work schedule changed recently. It's really very rewarding and a lot of fun. The kids are great and the other docents are a fine bunch of like minded people caring about education and the environment. Give it a try, you won't regret it!

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