Docents are a special group of volunteers who represent the Center and serve the public. They answer questions in and around the Great Hall and Courtyard, lead tours, work with children’s groups and serve as the Center’s ambassadors to guests from all over the world. Becoming a docent at the Wildflower Center is a truly rewarding experience.
Docents must complete a two-part learning program that combines classroom and field study with self-scheduled experiential learning. You will learn about native plants, Center history, gardening, Center programs and more.
When Is Docent Training?
We offer docent training every other year with the next training beginning in February 2020.
View and download the 2018 training schedule here: Docent Training 2018 Schedule
The following are docent positions available at the Wildflower Center. Docents must complete training prior to working any of these areas. Explore the schedule, application, commitment and cost here.
Youth Group Docent
Help us inspire the next Lady Bird Johnson or John Muir! Youth group docents have the opportunity to start kids down a path of environmental stewardship. On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year, small groups of children rotate through a series of learning stations, where you might help demonstrate leaf shape or pollination. Or work in the Little House meeting and greeting children and families, doing fun hands-on activities and helping keep the Little House tidy and ready for visitors. NOTE: Docent training is not required for this assignment but is recommended.
Great Hall Docent
A rotating staff of around 40 volunteer docents staff the information desk in our Great Hall, ready to answer questions and orient visitors to our site. Shifts open up periodically and can be weekly, bimonthly or monthly.
Adult Tour Docent
Many groups visiting the Wildflower Center request tours of our grounds especially during the spring. Our tour docents meet these groups by appointment and enjoy sharing their passion for our mission, history and native plants with the public.
The responsibilities of floating or roving docents fall somewhere between those of tour leaders and gallery docents. You don’t have to know all the answers — just where to find them. We’d like you to walk the grounds, meet and greet visitors, point out things of interest and simply be your charming, interesting, helpful self.
Speaker’s Bureau Docent
As our society becomes more aware of the challenges facing our environment, its members want to learn what they can do to help. Native plants are part of the solution. As a speaker’s bureau docent, you’ll deliver off-site presentations to parties (such as homeowners’ associations) interested in learning about how native plants build healthier landscapes and communities. May require setup of audiovisual equipment.