Join the docent team at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Our training program begins in November and will run through April. This is the most extensive training we offer at the garden and will cover each plant family represented in the garden’s collection. This program is ideal for those who are looking to expand their ability to identify plants in the garden and share that knowledge with others. You will also learn tips and tricks to become a successful tour guide in the garden.
The training will have 10 classes which take place approximately twice a month. Each session will cover one or two different categories of plants.
Requirements to become a Docent:
• Complete the winter Docent Training program
• Complete two presentations during training: mini plant presentation mid-way through the training and a longer tour-style presentation at Graduation.
• Lead approximately one tour a month after graduation
• Receive extensive training on the plant families represented in the Garden
• Participate in training on public speaking, engaging an audience, and being an ambassador to the public on behalf of the Garden before plant lectures begin
• Monthly docent-only enrichment sessions after training to continue learning
• RBG Volunteer status including 10% volunteer discount (combined with member discount for a total of 20% off)
Sharing what you know about the plants and what you love about the garden is a very rewarding experience. Join our team today!
All classes run from 9am-12pm unless otherwise noted. The first hour of most classes will be dedicated to docent trainess, plant lectures will be open to the public on a limited basis.
Nov. 1, 2014: Introduction Class *10am start
November 15, 2014: Agavaceae and Asphodelaceae Lecture
December 13, 2014: RBG Trees Lecture
January 10, 2015: Plant Family Crassulaceae Lecture
January 24, 2015: Plant Familiy Nolinaceae and Other Garden Favorites Lecture
February 7, 2015: Plant Families Bromeliaceae & Aizoaceae Lecture
February 21, 2015: History of the Garden and Human Uses of Plants Lecture
March 7, 2015: California Native Plants, Australian Plants, Proteaceae and other Shrubs Lecture
March 21, 2015: Plant Family Cactaceae and Euphorbiaceae Lecture
April 4, 2014: Graduation Tours *10am start
Docent Training Program fees: $100 General Admission, $65 Member. Please call the office to register at (925)944-9352.
Not interested in becoming a docent, sign up for the classes on an individual basis. Click each class link for more information.
Docents Leading Tours in the Garden