Become A Docent

Give the Gift of KNOWLEDGE

A docent is a trained, volunteer museum guide and an essential link between the public and the Museum. The word docent comes from the Latin word docere, to teach. Docents give tours, perform gallery duty, and assist in educational programs, including our self-guided field trips.

The Docent application period is now closed. The application period will open in December of 2020 for the 2021 season.

If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities (participating in work parties, event help, etc.) please contact Shayla Miles at

Docent Training

Docents are required to attend three trainings at the Museum and shadow a current docent for 2-3 shifts before they are given their own shifts. Trainings are held every winter. 

Continuing Education

Docents are given the opportunity to further their learning through demonstrations, excursions, and online learning about exhibitions, the permanent collection, and essential skills as communicators/teachers to the public.


Docents are asked to commit to 2 shifts (4 hours each) each month and may be asked to assist with special events and programs. Docents are scheduled April-October.


  • Being part of a team of skilled educators who love to connect people with the living art of bonsai
  • Personal and intellectual growth. Docents have continuing opportunities to learn about art, bonsai, the collection, teaching, and learning.
  • An opportunity to meet and interact with visitors from around the world


  • A love of art, bonsai, nature and/or teaching
  • Ability to engage meaningfully with members of our diverse community
  • Excellent communicator
  • Reliability and commitment