Docent Training at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden
If you enjoy spending time in a beautiful setting, learning about native plants, and sharing your knowledge with others, you can help the Regional Parks Botanic Garden share our rich native plant heritage by becoming a garden docent. As a volunteer educator, you’ll help young students and other garden visitors understand and appreciate California plant life in this exceptional all-native garden in the Berkeley hills. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary, but we’re especially looking for volunteers who are available on weekdays and interested in leading tours for children.
Docent training covers a broad array of topics, including basic botany and plant identification, plant geography, pollination, ethnobotany, and teaching techniques, and prepares docents to lead tours of the garden. Each session features a lecture followed by a walk in the garden. The primary instructor is Dr. Glenn Keator, a respected botanist, educator, and author of a number of books on native plants.
Being a docent has many benefits, including continuing education classes and field trips as well as the intangible rewards of sharing a child’s joy of discovery or enriching a visitor’s experience of the garden.
When: Tuesdays, January 7 – June 10, 2014, 9 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park, in the Berkeley hills
To Register: Contact the Garden staff by email or phone. Docent training is limited to 15 participants; register soon to be sure of a space.
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