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Wanted: Summer youth volunteers at County Museum

shakeoutmuseumThe San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands is seeking youth volunteers, ages 14 through 17, to facilitate family activities during the museum’s Summer Adventures program, which begins June 15 and runs through early August.

“This program is run entirely by volunteers,” said Jolene Redvale, curator of education. “Our youth volunteers participate in training, and learn communication, organization and leadership skills during the program.” Youth who volunteer over the summer will be eligible to participate in on-going leadership volunteer corps programs in the fall and throughout the next school year, Redvale said. Summer activities for families include art making, games, participation activities, and a good dose of unplugged family time.

“We rely on our volunteers to make all of our public programs viable,” said Redvale. “They are essential to the museum visitor experience. Summer programs draw thousands of visitors. During the year, our popular Santa’s Pajama Party, family fun days, Train Days and Insect Festival events cannot happen without our dedicated volunteers.”

Program volunteers must plan to attend a mandatory training workshop on May 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are required to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours during the program.

Youth may submit a volunteer application on the museum website, www.sbcountymuseum.org. Applications are due by May 27. When received, staff will send a confirmation by email. Applicants should plan to attend the training even regardless of receipt of confirmation. For more information, contact sbcmreservations@sbcm.sbcountymuseum.gov or 909-798-8608.

Summer Adventures and the County Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors. Summer Adventures are supported in part by a contribution from Johnnie Ann Ralph.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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