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:
FALL 2018 DOCENT CLASS SCHEDULE
San Diego Botanic Garden & Docent Training Overview
Liz Woodward, Docent Training Coordinator, Docent 2003
Docent Website & Hours Recording
Nick Ruddick, Docent Website Coordinator, Docent 2009
Sally Sandler, History Committee, Docent 2007
Author of “Sowing the Seeds of Wonder”
Bill Searles, Docent 2013
Mediterranean Climates and Gardens
Allan Dodds, Docent 2009 and Mo Price, Docent 2001
Trees of the San Diego Botanic Garden
Dave Ehrlinger, Former SDBG Director of Horticulture (2001-2014)
Mary Friestedt, Docent 2001
California Native Plants
Kay Worley, Docent 2000
Native Plants/Native People & Firescape Garden
Mary Friestedt, Docent 2001
Succulents and the Desert Gardens
Anne Spindel, Docent 2003 and Linda Stewart, Docent 2008
Children’s Programs and Gardens
Susanne Brueckner, SDBG Director of Education
Barry Martin, Docent 2011
Subtropical Fruit Garden
Tandy Pfost, Docent 2012
Cycads and Palms
Robert Kopfstein, Docent 2001 and Jason Kubrock, Honorary Docent
Meet Sam the Tortoise
Pot Luck Lunch
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 email@example.com 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:
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
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.