The UCLA Botanical Garden is an incredible 7.5 acre living museum, containing plants from all over the world! Come learn to interpret this natural wonder for visitors. As a volunteers docent, you will lead tours through the garden for a variety of audiences from k-12 students, UCLA groups, and visiting adults.
In preparation for this, docents participate in a training where they learn about general botany and the unique plants found within the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. You will shadow experienced docents prior to leading your own tours. Training time will be a combination of short lectures, garden walks, educational strategy practice, and development of a personalized tour that you can confidently deliver to k-12 students and adults.
Benefits: In addition to sharing the wonders of the plant kingdom with the public, docents are encouraged and offered opportunities to continue their own botanical learning, through group field trips, lectures and special events. This is a great opportunity to deepen your botanical knowledge, meet new friends, support the educational mission of the Garden, and to strengthen your public speaking skills.
Upcoming Training: Join us in July to become a volunteer docent! We will meet for 3 Saturdays July 14th, 21st, and 28th. You must be able to attend all 3 dates. There will also be homework and practice to do outside of those dates. You will need to deliver an hour-long practice tour to become a garden docent–don’t worry, we’ll help you create it! If you are not available in July, but still interested in future trainings, please let us know.
If you are interested in becoming a docent please contact Jules Cooch: firstname.lastname@example.org
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