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$25.00 Docent Training

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Teach the Wonderful World of Plants - 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!

Our Classes:
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.

Training Details:
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.
 

Benefits:
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.
Contact:
Kristy Schmitt, Director of Education for more information.
from $55.00 Dual Membership
 
Protecting your membership and your benefits is extremely important to us. When visiting the Gardens, we require an additional photo identification card to match the names on your membership card. As always, membership cards may only be used by the listed member and are non-transferable.
from $5.00 Fairy and Gnome Festival
April 30
10am-5pm
Included with Garden admission
Wear your costume for $1 off admission
Adults - $9
Seniors (55+) - $8
Students (13+ with ID) - $8
Members and kids 12 and under 2 are free


Celebrate spring with fairies and garden gnome friends! Join us for fun activities including fairy-themed crafts and activities, a special scavenger hunt, view the Fairy House Contest entries and vote for your favorites.

Entry fee: Garden Members $5, Non-Members $8
Registration is due by April 15.

Attention scouts, classrooms, families and other groups! Build a fairy house and enter it into our contest!  All submitted houses will be on display for the Festival on April 30. Winners will be chosen at the Festival and various prizes will be awarded, including an hour-long education program here at the Gardens for your group. Click here for a contest entry form!

from $85.00 Family Advantage Membership

Save! $153.00 for two years
Includes up to three adults as stated on membership card and dependent children under 18
Four guest passes
Free admission to the Gardens
Discounts on selected events, classes, trips and exhibits
10% discount in the gift shop and on the Great Plant Sale
Seasonal mailings and invitations to special events
Reciprocal benefits to nearly 300 gardens and arboretums


Protecting your membership and your benefits is extremely important to us. When visiting the Gardens, we require an additional photo identification card to match the names on your membership card. As always, membership cards may only be used by the listed member and are non-transferable.

from $65.00 Family/Household Membership

Save! $117.00 for two years
Includes two adults as stated on membership card and dependent children under 18
Four guest passes
Free admission to the Gardens
Discounts on selected events, classes, trips and exhibits
10% discount in the gift shop and on the Great Plant Sale
Seasonal mailings and invitations to special events
Reciprocal benefits to nearly 300 gardens and arboretums

 

Protecting your membership and your benefits is extremely important to us. When visiting the Gardens, we require an additional photo identification card to match the names on your membership card. As always, membership cards may only be used by the listed member and are non-transferable.

from $10.00 Gift Certificates

Great Gift Ideas!
Gift Certificates for:
Garden Membership
Garden Admission
Gifts or Plants from our Gift Shop
Science Cafes & Workshops
The Great Plant Sale in May
Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them through our online checkout.  If you would like to print the certificate and use it at the Gardens.  Please print and redeem at the Gardens. 
Our gift cards have no additional processing fees. If you have any questions, please call 827.1584 ext. 204.