Expand and share your love of nature and nurture the next generation of naturalists! Docents lead groups of school children in the Learning Laguna program, a 2-part wetland education experience for 2nd-4th grade students. Docents visit classrooms throughout the Laguna Watershed with specially designed, hands-on, engaging activities, then lead those students on an experiential field trip to the Laguna the following week.
Experts in biology, natural history, cultural history and environmental education train Learning Laguna Docent volunteers in lively classes and field trips. Training classes include presentations, discussion, and hands-on practice with the Learning Laguna activities and field trips to special Laguna locations. Classes are held on Monday mornings, Tuesday evenings and culminate on a Saturday morning with a training team challenge. Trainees also schedule extra time to shadow docents working in the classroom and on field trips to put all the course learning into context. Trainees receive a binder with reading and reference material that is closely tied with the theme of each classroom session. There is $145 fee to cover the cost of the materials. Payments can be arranged and limited partial scholarships are available.
Training is offered annually in March/April. Please check our website for the 2019 training dates.
After training you will begin working with students in Fall 2019. Docents are asked to make a two-year, minimum 40 hour per year volunteer commitment to the Laguna Foundation. During that time, docents are expected to participate in elementary school classroom and field trips each Fall and Spring. Because the program is focused around the classroom and school year, it requires that docents be able to volunteer during school hours (7:30-2:30), Tuesday through Friday. Docents are part of the Laguna Education Team which includes fun, opportunities for continuing education, special outings and social events with fellow education programs volunteers.
We invite you to join us for this rich and rewarding experience!
For more information or to find out of becoming a Learning Laguna Docent is right for you, please contact Christine Fontaine, Director of Education Programs
Phone: (707) 527-9277 x102
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