Volunteer Training & Workshops
Please join us in becoming a class volunteer! Whether you are an enthusiast with many years of horse experience, or this is your first time working with horses, your time with us is invaluable and appreciated!
Volunteers can be involved in our classes as either Horse Handlers or Side Walkers. Volunteer training for these roles is to ensure that everyone working with our horses and clients knows and consistently uses proper techniques. This attention to quality and consistency allows us to run safe programs and maintain the high standards we strive for as a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.
2023 Class Session Schedule
Winter Session: January 9 - March 4
Spring Session: April 3 - May 27
Summer Session: July 3 - August 26
Fall Session: September 25 - November 18
When is the next Volunteer Training?
We hold many of our volunteer training classes in a group setting while we are on break from our sessions, during the months of March, June, September, and December. This allows volunteers to start at the beginning of a session. Seasoned volunteers are also welcome to attend to brush up on their skills!
The next training opportunity is for volunteers who are able to commit to volunteering in the 2023 Winter Session (January 9 - March 4).
Thursday, December 15, 5pm-8pm
For more information about what is required of a volunteer, please visit our Volunteer Requirements page.
Online Volunteer Training
We have created several online training modules that are designed to be done before you begin volunteering in classes. Each module will take about 10 minutes to complete, and include a short quiz at the end. Once you take the quiz, the Volunteer Coordinator will be alerted that you completed the module. These can be done before or after your in-person volunteer training at the stable.
Please click any of the links to get started!
SMILES staff strives to provide continuing education for all of our current volunteers to keep our program safe, effective, and thriving! Volunteer Workshops focus on topics that are important for volunteers, and allow opportunities to practice skills outside of our regular classes. Continue to check back for future volunteer workshop opportunities!
"The social aspect of SMILES is an amazing thing to be a part of! The students, volunteers, staff, and horses come together every week for learning, for challenges, and for fun!"
-Alison Brown, SMILES Volunteer & Kindergarten Teacher