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Docent Program


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San Diego Botanic Garden


Become a Docent at
San Diego Botanic Garden

Classes begin Thursday, January 18, 2018
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:

January 18
Introduction to the Docent Program and the San Diego Botanic Garden Overview

February 1
Botany Boot camp and Larabee Legacy

February 15
Cycads, Palms and Rainforest & Children’s Programs and Gardens

March 1
Mediterranean Climate Gardens

March 15
Bamboo & Subtropical Fruit Garden

March 29
Succulent and Desert Gardens

April 12
California Native Plants & Firescape Garden

April 26
Trees of San Diego Botanic Garden & Herb Garden

Cost: $60 fee for 8 classes.
Pre-requisites prior to enrollment required.

The classes are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on each of these days. There is a $60 fee to cover the 8-class series that must be paid in advance; you may stop by the office to sign up and pay or you may call the office at 760/ 436-3036 and speak to Jill Gardner x213.

For further information contact Liz Woodward, Docent Training Coordinator, via mail to liz@woodwardweb.net or telephone 760/ 420-1455.

Prior to beginning the docent training you should have completed 10 hours of volunteer work at the San Diego Botanic Garden in addition to attending a Volunteer Orientation Meeting plus turned in your Volunteer Forms and Volunteer Background Check.

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
  • Volunteer for one Special Event
  • 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
Speaker 11-12

April 4:  SDBG Docent Mike Blanco will speak on plant biodiversity of domesticated food crops, as well as the biodiversity of plants in San Diego Botanic Garden. Mike has a PhD in Agronomy and worked in plant research for 36 years. 

May 2: Jim Bishop, former President of the San Diego Horticultural Society, spent several weeks exploring
Western Australia’s National Parks, scenery and plants.  He will share the colorful, vibrant photos taken while on his road trip.    

June 6:  Potluck lunch. Bring a dish to share.