Become a Docent
Our education programs thrive because of enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers who develop and produce our materials, visit classrooms to teach schoolchildren about birds and nature, and lead youth field trips. You can join our education team and share the wonder of nature with young people! *
Wetlands Discovery Program Docent
Upcoming Training Session Dates:
In-Class: Tuesday, September 11 from 10AM-12PM at McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino (SCVAS Office)
Field Trip: Thursday, September 13 from 9AM-11PM at the Palo Alto Baylands
To RSVP please email Kelsey Frey, Education Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For this program, you can either help out during the in-class activities or as a field trip docent or (or both!). In-class docents assist students in the completion of a worksheet and teach the proper way to use binoculars. Field trip docents lead small groups of students around a local bayland and discuss the value of wetlands while pointing out various birds. If you don't feel comfortable leading your own group, be a support docent. Novice birders are welcome; this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds! The Wetlands Discovery Program takes place on weekdays, and we provide all the training. To learn more, visit www.scvas.org/wetlands, or Volunteer Information.
Young Audubon Docent
Guide students in exploring and learning about birds and nature in the great outdoors. You will guide kids and their families in our Young Audubon programs. Novice birders are welcome; this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds! Young Audubon trips are usually on weekends.
Visit classrooms to teach children about birds and nature. We have a number of different 30-minute to 1-hour presentations, including slideshows and a local birds presentation that uses actual feathered bird skins and real nests as props. Each of our presentations is fully scripted and novice-friendly. You don't have to be an expert birder; this is a great opportunity to learn more about our local birds! Scheduled by appointment, usually on weekdays.
* Volunteers interested in working directly with children must be willing to be fingerprinted.