NACOGDOCHES, Texas — SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host an orientation and training for volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center at 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

The training will prepare volunteers to present environmental education programs to area school children throughout the year. These programs introduce students to the natural world through hands-on activities.

“Area residents are invited to join some great people and gorgeous plants in the garden for the spring 2019 Garden Guide training class,” said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens education coordinator.

During school programs at the SFA Gardens, students might explore the inside of a flower or learn about honeybee communication. They also may take a closer look at soil, investigate water quality or discover interesting native plants. Volunteers are not required to have advanced horticulture knowledge, but they do need a love and appreciation for energetic, curious children.

To register for the class, or for more information, contact Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or email