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Thank you for your interest in the Docent Training program at the Ruth Bancroft Garden!

Our Docents play a vital role in shaping our visitor experience by leading tours for children and adults, and serving as informal Garden Hosts—orienting and welcoming visitors to the Garden.

a group of people stand in the paths at the ruth bancroft garden, taking notes during an enrichment training. overcast skies and succulents and drought tolerant plants

Docent Training consists of 10 Saturday morning classes where you will learn the history of the Garden, gain interpretive skills, learn basic botany, develop dry-gardening skills, and build a solid knowledge base of the many species of drought-tolerant plants in RBG’s collection. Plant identification walks are conducted in the Garden (rain or shine!)

To become a docent, you will need to complete a 10- session course that meets for 3 hours on Saturday mornings at the Garden (from 9-noon) and requires one-hour of walking in the garden, rain or shine.

We hope to begin in late September and end with graduation tours in early April. Until the restrictions on meeting in groups larger than 5 are lifted,  the start date for the course can not be determined. The class usually meets twice a month, except for December-January.

Upon completion of the Docent Training Program, docents are expected to commit to at least one 2-hour shift per month. The schedule is flexible and tours are available Tuesday-Sunday. Docent benefits include a 20% discount at the Nursery (after volunteering 20 hours) and ongoing Docent Enrichment opportunities.

For a more information about the program click here.

If you would like to apply to become a docent for the fall 2020 program, please complete the application form here

We encourage you to apply early as spots fill up quickly.

Additional questions, contact susan@ruthbancroftgarden.org

Docent Training Schedule 2020 – 2021:

Saturdays 9:00-12:00, specific dates to be determined