The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is supported by a dedicated and knowledgeable team of Docents. The work of the Education Department is largely carried out by these experienced and enthusiastic volunteers who have embraced the vision and mission of the Garden, and share it with our visitors and community. Some of the unique opportunities for Docents include receiving reduced prices on classes for continuing education, early class registration, and special field trips and lectures. The monthly volunteer newsletter Sage Remarks keeps all our volunteers informed.
Prospective docents must participate in the California Naturalist Program within one year of beginning as a Garden volunteer. The Garden holds a Docent training course at the end of the California Naturalist program, in January and June. Subjects include native plant identification and horticulture, Garden history, and Native American uses of plants. Trainees are assigned veteran Docents as mentors, and learn to lead tours for both children and adults and to present outreach programs in the schools and community.
Please contact Education Program Manager, or phone (805) 682-4726 ext. 111