Teach the Wonderful World of Plants

Starts August 5, 2017 (6 week course)
Saturdays 9am-2pm

Are you a lover of gardening and botany? Are you looking to become involved in a rewarding volunteer experience? Consider becoming a docent at the Botanical Gardens educating visitors of all ages! Docents lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help for many of our education events. An education background is not required, but a high level of interest and enthusiasm is! If you have been trained as a docent in the past, and haven’t been involved recently, or would like a refresher you are welcome to attend as well! s!

To become a docent, a volunteer needs to:
• Complete the weekly docent training class series
• 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:

Interested volunteers can learn about hands-on field trips, guided tours, informal hands-on programs including scout programs and special events.

Roles Docents Play:
Lead guided tours of the Botanical 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 Botanical Gardens has to offer.

Training Details:
Docent training will begin  Saturday, August 5. The training program requires a weekly commitment; concluding on Saturday, September 16. We will also celebrate the achievements of our newest docents with a graduation ceremony..
    • 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!
    • A lunch break will be provided. Please bring a bagged lunch.

    Become a part of the Botanical Gardens! Learn all about the plants in the Botanical Gardens’ collection and build your gardening knowledge and skills. Meet new people with similar interests. Regular 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 Education 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 9. Registration is available online.

    Click here for the curriculum and training schedule.

    Kristy Schmitt, Director of Education 716.827.1584 ext. 291 or