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The Botanical Gardens is Seeking Docents to Teach the Wonderful World of Plants!

Andy Grinsfelder

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is recruiting for the Docent Class of 2018. Docent Training is a six week program that will begin on August 11. Docent trainees will discover in-depth information about plants in the Botanical Gardens’ collection, develop teaching and public speaking skills and learn how to teach hands-on lessons, all while making new friends with shared interests.

To become a Docent at the Botanical Gardens, organizers ask that interested individuals have a love of gardening or botany, enjoy learning and talking with the public and would like to become involved in a rewarding volunteer experience. An education background is not required, but a high level of interest and enthusiasm is. After graduation, Botanical Gardens’ Docents lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help with many educational events such as field trip programs, Kids Days, Wegmans Family Days, answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits and assist education staff in programs that inspire visitors of all ages.

The Botanical Gardens’ Docent Training course will begin on August 11 and consists of six Saturday sessions from 9:00am to 2:00pm that will conclude on September 29. This course must be taken with the commitment to become a Docent at the Botanical Gardens.

A registration fee of $25 is required and will be accepted in advance online at buffalogardens.com or at the door on the first class day. For more information, check our website or contact the Education Department at 827.1584 ext. 223 or aoldham@buffalogardens.com.

Use #DocentTraining and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

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