San Francisco Botanical GardenSan Francisco Botanical Garden Education


Adult Docent Training (280-110)

Sat, Sep 16, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Sep 23, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Sep 30, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Oct 7, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Oct 14, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Oct 21, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Oct 28, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Nov 4, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Nov 11, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Nov 18, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Dec 2, 9:00am--12:30pm
Sat, Dec 9, 9:00am--12:30pm

  • Would you like to introduce visitors to the plants and gardens of
    the San Francisco Botanical Garden?

  • Are you interested in sustainability, conservation, and

  • Do you want to learn more about plants and their uses?

Did you know that San Francisco has one of the top ten botanical gardens in the United States, with a collection of over 7,500 different plants? Join us for a ten-week docent training in which you will learn how to introduce garden visitors to the tremendous collection of plants and gardens that make up the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Classes will be held on ten Saturday mornings from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm, beginning February. There will be one evening session. This is one part of a two-part docent training class (the second part is optional).

The spring class will emphasize plants from the Northern Hemisphere, which will be in bloom during the training.

Spring docent training topics will include:
Flowers and Plant reproduction, Plant Adaptations, California Native Plants and Water Conservation, Ethnobotany, Endangered Plants, Cloud Forest Plants and Conservation Strategies for Plant Communities.

We will focus on the plants and gardens of California, Mexico and Asia. We will
also spend time in the Fragrance, Succulent and Entry Gardens.

During the training you will work directly with garden visitors and experienced docents. The training will emphasize successful techniques for interacting with the public and for creating engaging garden interpretation.

You do NOT need any special plant or science background to enroll, only a desire to learn and share your knowledge with garden visitors.

Enrollment fee: $75 includes materials and textbook

Contact Tom Laursen, Volunteer Services Manager, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at 661-1316 ext 412 to apply.

Fees MEMBERSHIP INFO members $85.00; nonmembers $85.00 
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ADMISSION FREE: all San Francisco City & County Residents, Members & School Groups     /     $7 Non-residents     /     Discounted fee: Seniors, Students & Children     |     We are located at the corner of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park.     |     (415) 661-1316

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