Santa Fe Botanical Garden Docent Training

Saturdays, 9am-1:00pm

February-May, 2019

Location: Upstairs Conference Room of the Udall Building, 725 Camino Lejo

Registration required, please sign up here >

The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill  and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve are staffed by trained volunteer docents.  Docents are of all ages, walks of life and educational backgrounds.

Our Docent Training Program provides both classroom and on-site training, preparing volunteers to interact with visitors.  Each training session includes classes, walks, and digital presentations, taught by our Teaching Team made up of experienced docents, educators, staff, and resource professionals.

In order to volunteer, trainees are expected to attend all classes. Trainees may miss no more than two sessions, which must be made up when next offered. Upon successful completion of the training and shadowing days, trainees can begin volunteering in the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve. All volunteers must give a minimum of twenty hours per calendar year in any volunteer position at the Botanical Garden.  Docents are responsible for the cost of materials and a personalized name badge, totaling $50.  If this cost is prohibitively expensive, waivers are available through conversation with our volunteer coordinator.

2019 Training Series covers:

Day 1, February 9: Introduction, History, and Future of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Day 2, February 16: Botany

Day 3, February 23: Geology and Soil

Day 4, March 2: Water and Erosion

Day 5, March 9: Climate Change

Day 6, March 16: Ecosystems, Grasslands, Scrublands, and Forests

Day 7, March 23: Wetlands and Deserts

Day 8, March 30: Fauna

Day 9, April 6:Plants of Ojos y Manos

Day 10, April 13: Culture and Art of Northern New Mexico

Day 11, April 20: Plants of Orchard Gardens

Day 12, April 27: Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Day 13, May 4: Conclusion, Policies, and Procedures

Day 14, May 11: Make-up Day for any Missed Classes