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 young students and other garden visitors understand and appreciate California plant life in this exceptional all-native garden in the Berkeley hills.

Docent Training meets once a week for three hours over 20 weeks in January-June. It includes 10 weeks of Garden Volunteer Training followed by 10 weeks of training in interpretive techniques and leading tours of the garden. You’ll learn about basic botany, plant identification, ethnobotany, pollination, and teaching techniques as well as the garden’s history and many of its important plants. Most classes will take place outdoors.

The fee for Docent Training is $250, which includes instruction and a one-year membership in the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. Scholarships are available based on need.

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 enhancing a visitor’s experience of the garden.

From our e-newsletter, read Maggie Ingalls’ article “Why I Love Being a Docent

To learn more about Docent Training or to register, see the 2016 Docent Training flyer.

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