What is a Docent?
- Docents are volunteer educators, 18 years or over, who have had Sacramento Zoo training to provide tours, station talks and wildlife wagons for zoo visitors. Docents have a love to share with people all that they have learned about the animals that live at the zoo and current conservation issues worldwide.
What is the docent training?
- We present a mini-course in biology plus practice with effective teaching methods and behind-the-scenes zoo tours. Saturday classes are 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Practice programs sometimes follow. Classes begin in January and will run Saturdays into early March.
- Training averages at $70 per participant; this includes reference binder, training materials, name tag and uniforms. Docents must also be zoo members (special rates) and will receive all the member benefits plus others throughout the year.
- Docent trainees do a number of program "shadows" with docent trainers and a "check out" program before graduation. A Final written exam will be in late February or early March.
What is the docent commitment?
- Once graduated, first year docents give 40 hours leading educations programs and 10 Continuing Education credits.
- Each year after, docents give 80 hours presenting education programs and 20 Continuing Education credits and maintain Sacramento Zoo membership.
What is Continuing Education?
- Continued Education includes zoo walks, lectures, day trips and many other options from which you choose.
Where do I sign up?