The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens congratulates the 11 members of the 2014 docent class as they set out on their mission of educating Gardens visitors of all ages on the wonders of the plant world.
The ceremony will be held Thursday, November 13th at 11am followed by a potluck lunch. New docents will first participate in a mini-tour led by fellow docents-in-training before graduating from the docent program. The docent graduation is a celebration of their efforts and accomplishments. After this, all 11 graduates will be ready to perform the full duties of a docent here at the Gardens.
Docents are friendly, knowledgeable volunteers who conduct the various educational programs at the Gardens. Docents lead guided tours, hands-on programs for school groups, and much more. Each docent undergoes approximately sixty hours of training over a 10 week period. Thirteen of the Gardens’ current docents served as mentor docents to the new trainees.
Docents must be at least 18 years of age, complete the docent training course and have a passion for gardening and plants. Our next docent training session begins in September of next year.