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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. The next meeting is November 8 at 9:30 am
  • 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.

Before starting the classes, you need to have volunteered a minimum of 10 hours in the Garden and it is highly recommended that you attend a volunteer orientation.

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

Classes begin January 29, 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:

January 29: Introduction to Docent Program
February 12: Botany and Herbs
February 26: Mediterranean Climate
March 12: Succulents
March 26: CA Natives & Firescapes
April 9: Bamboo & Tropical Fruit
April 23: Palms & Cycads
May 7: Trees in the Garden


Sign up today!
Space is limited, so start today by contacting Operations Administrative Assistant
Michelle Kinney at mkinney@sdbgarden.org or 760-436-3036, X-206 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

December 3: Join us for our annual Holiday Potluck for volunteers and docents of the Garden.

January 7: Susan Smith and Rita Campbell are volunteers who conduct weekly Saturday morning bird walks in the Garden. They will share photos and discuss the characteristics of birds often seen in our area.

February 4: Doug Gibson, Executive Director of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, will discuss the efforts planned to restore the wetland. When restored this would re-establish natural water filtration, return fish nurseries and provide mudflat habitat for migrating birds as well as create cleaner beaches.

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.

 

 





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