Docents of the Martin Griffin Preserve are devoted, enthusiastic nature-lovers who wish to help connect schoolchildren with the magic and mystery of the natural world through ACR's School Program. Docents bring nature into classrooms and guide children in exploring the wonders of our preserves.
An antidote to Nature Deficit Disorder as described by author Richard Louv, the School Program provides docent-led, experiential nature hikes to elementary school students in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties. The nature hikes allow students to experience nature in small groups (1:6 docent to student ratio). ACR Docents often inspire a life-long love and appreciation of nature in the children they meet.
"I love this program! It affords a unique opportunity to share nature with children on a substantial hike, sometimes for the first time in their young lives. I love seeing that spark of wonderment that shows up frequently upon holding a newt or observing birds or examining scat on the trail." - An ACR Docent
Martin Griffin Preserve Docents
ACR Docents of the Martin Griffin Preserve teach 4th and 5th graders about the natural history of coastal Marin. Docents might teach students about banana slugs, great egrets or the ecology of redwoods. Training takes place every two years. The next training class will take place on 24 Wednesdays from September 7, 2016 - March 2017, and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
After graduating from the core training, docents receive a rich menu of lifelong learning opportunities, including lectures, field trips, crafting and special events.
Interested? Contact the Education team at 415.868.9244 ext. 116
- Child Development
- Adult Education
- Environmental Education
- General Education
- Environmental Science
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training