We offer a Docent Training Program specific to each of our sites to prepare volunteers to lead tours and nature walks for the public or school groups. The docents’ responsibility is to welcome visitors to the sites and accompany and guide them.
The Museum Hill Garden, the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve and the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve are fully staffed by trained volunteer docents. Docents are adults of all ages, walks of life and educational backgrounds.
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Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve Docent Training >>
Our Docent Training Programs are free with both classroom and on-site training. Training includes classes, nature walks and digital presentations all taught by our Teaching Team made up of SFBG senior docents, educators and resource professionals and covers topics including, the flora and fauna of a wetland, wildlife, geology, ecology, cultural history and more.
Trainees are required to spend time at our sites, observing docent tours and interpretive presentations. In order to achieve full docent status, trainees are expected to attend all classes. Upon successful completion of the training, trainees can begin volunteering as a docent. The trainings changes from year to year and we encourage experienced docents to attend annually.