Teach the Wonderful World of Plants - Now recruiting for the 2016 docent class!
Starts September 2016
Are you a lover of gardening and botany? Do you love to share your passion with others, enjoying learning and talking with the public? Are you looking to become involved in a rewarding volunteer experience? Consider becoming a docent at the Botanical Gardens educating visitors of all ages!
To become a docent, a volunteer needs to:
• Complete the weekly docent training class series beginning in September of this year
• Have an interest or appreciation of plants and gardening
• Feel comfortable talking with groups of visitors of all ages and abilities
• Be able to volunteer in the Education Department for at least 24 hours per calendar year for tours and/or hands-on lessons
• Be adaptable and have a sense of humor
An education background is not required, but a high level of interest and enthusiasm is!
In each class session, discover some of the plants in the Gardens’ collection in detail, develop teaching and public speaking skills and learn how to instruct our hands-on field trip lessons all while meeting new friends with shared interests.
Docent training will begin on September 10 of this year. The training program requires a weekly commitment (Thursdays excluding holidays from 9am-1pm) and will conclude on November 5 and a graduation ceremony will follow.
• A participation cost of $25 is required for supply and printing fees. Registration is available
at the door on the first class day, or in advance online.
• Docents in training should expect to spend a couple of hours per week outside of class working
on assigned readings and homework.
• It is important to attend all of the training sessions. Make-up sessions can be arranged in certain or unforeseen circumstances.
• Upon completion of the requirements, the docent will receive a certificate and be able to teach programs!
Roles Docents Play:
Lead tours of the Gardens for a variety of groups year round, teach hands-on programs to school-aged children and scout groups, facilitate activities in the Wegmans’ Family Garden, answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits and events and assist Education staff in programs that inspire and educate visitors about all the Gardens has to offer.
Become a part of the Gardens! Learn all about the plants in the Gardens’ collection and build your gardening knowledge and skills. Meet new people with similar interests. A monthly newsletter is sent out and monthly docent meetings add to the skills developed during the training program. Yearly field trip and class opportunities are available through the Gardens’ affiliation with MECOB, the Museum Educator’s Consortium of Buffalo.
Important note: Course must be taken with the commitment to become a docent. For those interested in learning more about botany and gardening and cannot volunteer, Horticulture Certificate Classes are offered on Saturdays starting September 12. Registration is available online.
Kristy Blakely, Director of Education for more information.