Become a Docent
Docent Training Fall 2014
Do you love the Tucson Botanical Gardens and want to share your enthusiasm and knowledge with others? Would you like 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. 19 to Nov. 21, 2014 (ten weeks)
Where: 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 (or $70 for current members)
What does a docent do?
Docents at Tucson Botanical Gardens are a committed, vibrant group of interpreters that support guest learning and exploration at the Gardens. After completing a 10-week training, docents lead tours, present educational outreach programs for adults and children, interpret areas of the Garden with 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.
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 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)
- Become volunteers of the Tucson Botanical Gardens
- Commit to serve as a Docent for at least one year after training
- Contribute an average of 10 hours per month or more
- Assist with at least one Gardens special event per year
- Complete at least 12 hours of continuing education per year
- Be dependable and meet all scheduled commitments
- Be able to work outdoors and stand/walk up to 2 hours at a time
- Enjoy working with and teaching adults and children
Interested in Learning More? Call or email Ashley Pedersen at 520-326-9686 ext. 39 or email@example.com for more information.
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