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Become a Docent

Be a part of this community-wide program that protects, restores, and fosters appreciation of the Watsonville wetlands by attending the Watsonville Wetlands Watch Docent Training Program.

Docent trainees are treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its wide network of wetlands. Local experts share the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands during the 7-week program, which includes Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips.

The next Docent Training Program will start in late January, 2014. View the 2014 training agenda.

New docents are prepared to lead walks and assist with field trips. Docents also have the opportunity to help with community events, participate in wetlands restoration, work in the library or greenhouse at the Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center, and work on special projects. To learn more about docent training, see this article about a past training session. To learn more about what it's like to be a docent, see this article about docent Joan Rose.

After training, docents give four hours a month with some combination of

  • assisting with student field trips,
  • leading tours on Watsonville's wetland trails,
  • participating in hands-on restoration projects,
  • hosting and planning special events,
  • working in the greenhouse or the Native Plant Demonstration Garden,
  • acting as host of the Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center or helping in the library,
  • working on special projects, like creating interpretive tools or doing research .

Benefits of becoming a docent

  • Frequent enrichment opportunities.
  • Increased knowledge of local wetlands ecology and history.
  • Interpretation skills.
  • A host of new friends.
  • A copy of our award-winning book, Watching the Watsonville Wetlands.

For more information, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Kathy Fieberling at kathy@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or 831-345-1226.

Download Docent Application: PDF or Microsoft Word.

Docent hold up photo during bird-watching exercise for middle-school children sloughside

Docent holds up photo to help elementary school students learn to identify bird species.

 

 

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