Become a Docent

Liam O'Brien leads a butterfly tour for docents Photo by Linda Blide

Liam O’Brien leads a butterfly tour for docents
Photo by Linda Blide

You can help the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in its mission to display, promote, and preserve our state’s rich native plant heritage by becoming a garden docent. As a volunteer educator, you’ll help students and adult garden visitors understand and appreciate California plant life in this exceptional all-native garden. Plus you become part of a community of volunteers who enjoy new friendships, special presentations and outings to see California native plants in their natural environments.

You can observe any of our tours to see what they are like. Call 510-544-3169 to find out what student or adult tours are scheduled.

Requirements for Docent Training
Training is open to members of the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. If you are not already a Friend you can join when you register. We ask that you commit to leading 10 garden tours in the year after docent training is completed.

2019 DOCENT TRAINING – limited to 15 participants
Complete Information about how to register is now available by calling 510-544-3169. The classes will meet on Tuesdays,  9 am to 12:30 pm starting January 8 until June 18, 2019. The complete 2019 schedule will be available soon.  To see the training schedule for 2018  (2019 will be similar) click here.

Main Instructor:
Glenn Keator – Glenn is a free-lance botanist, teacher, and writer who has been very involved with the Regional Parks Botanic Garden for many years. He has taught at Merritt College, Strybing Arboretum, College of Marin and California Academy of Science. His primary interest is California natives, their identification and garden uses. Glenn’s books include Plants of the East Bay Parks, In Full View: Three Ways of Seeing California Plants, The Life of an Oak: an Intimate Portrait, Trees of the San Francisco Bay Region, and California Plant Families.

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