Love plants? Love people? Become a docent at Botanical Gardens

hands of a docent and child at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Photo courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

If you like to talk to people and have an interest in plants, consider  becoming a docent at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Docents lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help with many educational events at the Botanical Gardens. An education background is not required, but a high level of interest and enthusiasm is.

The docent training will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Sept. 5 and 12 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

To become a docent, a volunteer needs to:

  • Complete the weekly docent training class series
  • Have an interest or appreciation of plants and gardening
  • Feel comfortable talking with groups of visitors of all ages and abilities
  • Be able to volunteer in the Education Department for at least 24 hours per calendar year for tours and/or hands-on lessons
  • Be adaptable and have a sense of humor

People who have been trained as a docent in the past and haven’t been involved recently are also welcome to attend the training.

For more information, call 827-1584, ext. 730 or email

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