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docents and volunteers
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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 February 9 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
Spring Classes begin February 6, 2014
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. The next one is scheduled for February 7, 2014 at 9:30AM in the Ecke Building.
Classes take place in the morning at SDBG on the following dates:
- February 6
Overview of Docent Program and SDBG Linda
- February 20
Botany Bootcamp and Herbs Bill and Anne
- March 6
Mediterranean Climates Mo and Allan
- March 20
CA Natives and Firescapes Mary Roper
- April 3
Succulents Phyllis and Mary Freistadt
- April 17
Bamboo and Tropical Fruit Peter and Tandy
- May 1
Trees in the Garden Dave
- May 15
Palms and Cycads Robert and Jas
Sign up today!
Space is limited, so start today by contacting Operations Administrative Assistant Michelle Kinney at
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.
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
Cynthia Steiger, from Charitable Solutions, will speak on Creating Legacies benefiting yourself, your heirs and charity through legacy planning.
Nicholas Paoni, a local photographer, will share his garden photos and discuss the many photo opportunities available in a garden. Learn more about techniques you can use to maximize your pictures.
Ken Rundle from the City of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department. Ken will give an update on – this big 44 acre park. Of interest will be the current plans for landscaping and hardscape. Audience members will be given the opportunity to ask questions.