Volunteers docents lead tours through the garden for a variety of audiences. In preparation for this, docents go through an extensive training where they learn about general botany and the unique plants found within the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Providing interesting information to a wide range of age groups and audiences is emphasized and new docents shadow experienced docents prior to leading their own tours. Once the training is completed, docents will begin leading tours, which usually occur on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10am and 2pm. 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.