You can help the Regional Parks Botanic Garden share our state’s rich native plant heritage by becoming a garden docent. As a volunteer educator, you’ll help young students and other garden visitors understand and appreciate California plant life in this exceptional all-native garden in the Berkeley hills. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary, but the class is limited to those who will lead tours in the garden, either on weekdays for groups or for the general public on weekends.

Docent training covers a broad array of topics, including basic botany and plant identification, plant geography, ethnobotany, and teaching techniques, and prepares docents to lead tours of the garden. Each session features a lecture followed by a walk in the garden. The primary instructor is Dr. Glenn Keator, a respected botanist, educator, and author of a number of books on native plants.

Being a docent has many benefits, including classes and field trips as well sharing a child’s joy of discovery or enriching a visitor’s experience of the garden.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January–June 16, 2015 9 am–12:30 pm
WHERE: Regional Parks Botanic Garden Wildcat Canyon Road at South Park Drive Tilden Regional Park, in the Berkeley hills
COST: $200 for the training course, text, and a one-year membership in the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden
REGISTRATION / MORE INFORMATION: Contact the garden staff / 510-544-3169

Docent training is limited to 15 participants; register soon to be sure of a space.