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Become a Docent!
New Classes Begin in January 2016
Classes begin Thursday, January 28 • 9:30 am – 1 pm
Gain in-depth knowledge about the unique collection of plants at this 37-acre botanic wonderland. Meet others who share your interest in the natural world, while learning from experts in a variety of specialties. Experience the satisfaction and personal accomplishment that comes from joining such a stimulating and worthwhile organization, right in the heart of Encinitas.
Docent activities include planning and working on special events, volunteering in garden beautification, and helping the Garden run smoothly. Docents are also encouraged (but not required) to lead garden tours. To each of these activities docents bring valuable leadership made possible through this specialized training.
Classes take place in the morning at San Diego Botanic Garden on the following dates:
Cost: $50 for 8 classes held bi-weekly from 9:30 am – 1 pm. Pre-requisites are required.
2016 Classes take place in the morning at SDBG on the following dates:
- January 28 – Orientation to Docent Program
- Linda Stewart
- February 11 – Botany Boot camp
- Bill Searles
- February 25 – Trees in the Garden and the Herb Garden
- Dave Ehrlinger and Mary Friestedt
- March 10 – Mediterranean Climate Gardens
- Allan Dodds and Mo Price
- March 24 – Succulents - Phyllis Fleshing and May Friestedt
- April 14 – Bamboo and Tropical Plants - Peter Jones and Tandy Pfost
- April 28 – CA Natives & Firescapes - Mary Roper and Kay Worley
- May 5 – Palms and Cycads - Robert Kopfstein and Jason Kubrock
Space is limited, so register today by contacting Operations Administrative Assistant Kristina Metzger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-436-3036 x206 to add your name to the roster. For more specific information, contact Docent Training Coordinator Linda Stewart at email@example.com
or 858/ 488-8234.
About San Diego Botanic Garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful garden oasis nestled on 37-acres in the midst of Encinitas. Visitors enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild Southern California climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a wide variety of microclimates giving visitors the sensation of strolling through a tropical rainforest to hiking in the high-desert. Four miles of trails wind through 29 uniquely themed gardens including the nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden.
Requirements to become a San Diego Botanic Garden Docent:
- Become a member of the Garden. This must be continued while you are an active docent
- Complete all 8 docent classes
- Attend a volunteer orientation meeting. For information about the next volunteer orientation meeting click here
- Volunteer 80 hours prior to receiving Docent status
- Orientation in: Admissions and the Garden Shops
- Volunteer for one Special Event
- Volunteer at any Saturday Garden Beautification or Wednesday Special Work Party
- Ten (10) hours of volunteer time must be completed before starting the first docent class
- Have a completed background check and volunteer application on file
Docent Meetings — Everyone Welcome
First Wednesday of the Month
9:30 am – 12 pm * Arrive at 11 am for the program
Business meeting 9:30-10:30
January 6: Local landscaper designer and builder, Bill Schnetz, will discuss how to redo a typical California garden into a water-wise landscape. He is the co-author of the book “Life After Lawns” available in the SDBG Garden Shop.
February 3: Dr. Alan McHughen, professor at the University of California, Riverside, will discuss the potential as well as the hazards of genetically modified food. He is the author of “Pandora’s Picnic Basket.”
March 2: Dr. Jeff Severinghaus, research scientist at University of California, San Diego, will discuss the compelling facts regarding our planet’s changing climate. Dr. Severinghaus spends most of his research time in Antarctica studying and collecting ice cores.