Use your love of plants–become a docent at Botanical Gardens

docent at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
As a docent, you can engage kids during field trips and help out in other ways, too. Photo courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Put your love of plants to good use by becoming a docent at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

A six-week training course will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Aug. 11 to Sept. 29 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

To be docent, you should have a love of gardening or botany, enjoy learning and talking with the public, and like to become involved in a rewarding volunteer experience. An education background is not required, but a high level of interest and enthusiasm is.

During the training, you can learn in-depth information about plants in the Botanical Gardens’ collection, develop teaching and public speaking skills and learn how to teach hands-on lessons, all while making new friends with shared interests.

As a docent, you can lead tours; teach hands-on programs; help with many educational events such as field trip programs, Kids Days and Wegmans Family Days; answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits, and assist education staff in programs that inspire visitors of all ages.

You must commit to becoming a docent if you take this course.

Register here. The deadline to sign up for the training is Saturday, Aug. 4.

A registration fee of $25 is required and will be accepted in advance online or at the door on the first class day.

For more information, contact the Education Department at 827-1584, ext. 223 or aoldham@buffalogardens.com.

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