Become a Docent
Fall Docent Training starts Sept. 20, 2013 — Register Now!
Do you love the Gardens and want to share your enthusiasm with others? Want to deepen your knowledge of local flora and fauna, environmental education, water-wise gardening, and the cultural connections between people and plants? Become a docent at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, and you’ll be part of a team of educators and interpreters serving the Tucson community and visitors from all over the world.
When: Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 to Nov. 22 (ten weeks)
Where: In the heart of the city on the beautiful grounds of the Tucson Botanical Gardens at 2150 N. Alvernon Way
Cost: This ten-week training requires a fee of $120, which includes Gardens membership ($70 for current members)
What does a docent do?
Docents at Tucson Botanical Gardens are an active and vital part of our educational programs. After completing training, docents lead tours, present educational outreach programs for adults and children, staff Discovery Carts, assist with horticultural therapy programs, teach Gardens Signature Classes, participate in developing and refining new educational programs, assist with special events, and help visitors make lasting memories at the Gardens. We also ask that docents participate in continuing education to keep their skills and knowledge fresh and commit to serving regularly in their chosen areas of focus.
What do docents learn about in training?
- History of the Tucson Botanical Gardens
- Thematic Spaces in the Gardens, from Irises to Cacti
- Skills for Effective Communication and Natural Resource Interpretation
- Desert Ecology and Local Flora and Fauna
- Botany for Gardeners
- Principles of Xeriscaping and Water Conservation
- Gardening for Birds and Butterflies
- Ethnobotany (people-plant connections)
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