PineCone & NC Museum of Natural Sciences Partner on Sighted Guides Program


A sighted guide volunteer leads a man through the 2016 PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest in downtown Raleigh. A stage is visible in the background.PineCone and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences are seeking volunteers to serve as sighted guides at various events throughout the year for people who are blind or low vision. Two upcoming opportunities to serve as a sighted guide include Bugfest on Saturday, September 16 and the PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass festival, Friday & Saturday, September 29-30.

No prior experience is necessary, however training is required for people interested in volunteering as sighted guides. Two training sessions are being offered:

  • Sunday, August 27 from 4-5 p.m. or
  • Thursday, August 31 from 6-7 p.m. 

Both trainings will be hosted at the the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Trainings will be led by a local orientation and mobility specialist, with assistance from community members who themselves have low vision or are blind.

Perks for volunteering at the PNC Presents Wide Open Bluegrass festival include Bluegrass Ramble showcase admission, T-shirt, free parking and more.

Perks for volunteering with BugFest include a free t-shirt and priority parking.

For more information, e-mail Jamie Katz Court or e-mail Courtney Wheeler or call them at 919-664-8333.

Training is free to attend; RSVPs are requested so we know how many people to expect at each training session.

Register for sighted guide training today!

To request to be paired with a guide for the 2017 PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, please call PineCone's office at 919-664-8333 x4. Please submit your request by Friday, Sept. 15. The StreetFest lineup will be announced in late August; StreetFest is free and open to the public.

Learn more about PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass

Learn more about BugFest

(Photo credit: Brainard Photo - a sighted guide volunteering with a festival patron during 2016 PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass)