Thank you for thinking of the Botanical Gardens.
Become a volunteer Docent educator!
Love plants and the environment?
Love to talk with others?
Do you enjoy working with children?
Looking to gain some experience?
Teach the Wonderful World of Plants - Become an Educational Docent! The Education Department provides tours and hands-on learning experiences for school, community, civic, and other groups. These volunteers are referred to as docents and partake in multiple training sessions to prepare them for their duties. Docents meet regularly on the first Wednesday of each month and may sign up to work based on a master schedule of events prepared by the department.
Tour Guide Docent:
These docents provide tours to visiting groups, highlighting aspects of the Gardens history, special plants and plant collections. A general knowledge of botany, plant families, environmental requirements for specific plants and a willingness to continue to learn about the plant collections are essential. Training will be provided for beginning tour guide docents.Hands-on Docent:
These docents provide hands-on experiences to school groups that tour the Gardens. We offer a variety of lessons for student groups of all ages. Training to conduct the lesson activities will be provided.
Volunteers may choose either or both areas of docent work. Beginning volunteers will be paired with experienced docents in a shadowing program until they are comfortable teaching on their own. If you are interested contact Click here
or call the Volunteer Department at 716.827.1584 ext. 207