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Docent Program

Please visit the San Diego Botanic Garden website for
docents and volunteers

Click here to enter website for docents and volunteers

Click Here for SDBG Docent Cumulative Index
and Docent Bloom Board
Information and links.

Dinner for Docents and Volunteers Video

Watch the 2014 Dinner for Docents and Volunteers Video
Click Here


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
  • Two hour orientation in: Admissions, Gift Shop and Propagation
  • Volunteer for one shift at any 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 Training Classes

The San Diego Botanic Garden offers a eight-class series to train volunteers interested in becoming docents. While each class is self contained, plan on attending all eight in sequence. If you miss one, it can be made up during the next series:

  • Introduction to Docent Program and Gardens
  • Botany Boot Camp and Herbs
  • Deserts and Succulents
  • Tropical Rain Forests, Palms, and Cycads
  • California Natives and Firescapes
  • Mediterranean Climates
  • Subtropical Fruit and Bamboo
  • Conservation and Trees in the Garden

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 making a commitment to such a stimulating and worthwhile organization.

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 only through this specialized training.

Classes take place in the morning at SDBG on the following dates:

Classes begin September 10, 2015

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 making a commitment to such a stimulating and worthwhile organization.

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 only through this specialized training.

Classes take place in the morning at SDBG on the following dates:

  • September 10 - Orientation to Docent Program and SDBG
  • September 24 - Botany Bootcamp
  • October 8 - Succulents
  • October 22 - Trees in the Garden and The Herb Garden
  • November 5 - Bamboo and Tropical Fruit Garden
  • November 19 - California Natives and Firescapes
  • December 3 - Mediterranean Climate Gardens
  • December 17 - Palms and Cycads


Sign up today!
This is a great opportunity. Plan your calendar to complete the program in one year. Space is limited, so start today by contacting Operations Administrative Assistant Michelle Kinney at or 760/ 436-3036, X206 to add your name to the roster. For more specific information, contact Docent Training Coordinator Linda Stewart at lbs@san.rr.com, or 858/ 488-8234.

 

Docent Meetings — Everyone Welcome

The docent/volunteer meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, except June and December when it starts at 10:00 a.m. and is a potluck. There is NO meeting in July. Normally there is a special presentation which begins at 11:00 a.m., after the general business and announcements have concluded.

First Wednesday of the Month
Arrive at 11am for the program

March 4: Steve Farrar, a commercial mushroom grower, will share information on wild and cultivated mushrooms as well as the use of mushrooms for food as well as medicinal purposes. The life cycle of mushrooms and their production will also be discussed.

April 1: Each year, the Garden hosts a guided travel opportunity to visit other lands, cultures and gardens. In November 2014, participants visited Cuba, the Pearl of the Antilles. Some of the travelers will share their interesting pictures and experiences from this memorable trip.

May 6: The heavy rains and hurricanes in Baja Mexico during the winter of 2014 brought new, seldom seen, life and beauty to the desert. Docent Robert Kopstein will share his pictures and his love of the native plants in that area.

June 3: Come and enjoy a potluck lunch with fellow docents and volunteers.


 

 





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