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Docents at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Docents at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Become a Docent with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Weekly, 9am-1pm

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

Registration is required. Register here.

The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill  and the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve are fully 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.  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.  A discounted membership will be available at the end of training.

2017 Training Series Covers:

Day 1, February 4: Introduction, History, and Future of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Day 2, February 11: Botany

Day 3, February 18: Water and Erosion

Day 4, February 25: Geology and Soil

Day 5, March 4: Wetlands and Climate Change

Day 6, March 11: Scrublands and Forests

Day 7, March 18: Deserts and Grasslands

Day 8, March 25: Fauna

Day 9, April 1: Culture and Art of Northern New Mexico

Day 10, April 8: Museum Hill Phase II and Ethnobotany

Easter Break

Day 11, April 22: Plants of Museum Hill Phase I

Day 12, April 29: Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Day 13, May 6: Conclusion, Policies, and Procedures