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Become a Docent

 
Painting of Edgewood Park inspiration point by Trevlyn Williams

© 2009 Trevlyn Williams

  • Are you inspired by the beauty of Edgewood?
  • Are you curious about the plants, animals, soils, and climate that make Edgewood uniquely diverse?
  • Would you like to help others to better understand, respect, and support not only Edgewood but our entire natural world?

If your answers are “yes!” we welcome your interest in becoming an Edgewood Wildflower Walk Docent.

What we do: Wildflower Walk Docents lead interpretive nature walks throughout the year, but especially during the spring wildflower season. Experienced docents are asked to lead at least 3 hikes each year. No previous training is required to become a docent. We will help you gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead walks and interpret the preserve’s natural resources.

Docent-led hike in Edgewood Park

© 2014 Kathy Korbholz

Training schedule: Docent training is offered each year, from January through April. Eight Wednesday evening classes are given on alternate weeks with each evening class followed by a Saturday morning field hike devoted to the week’s topic. Our instructors have expertise in their fields, and all share a great love of Edgewood. Our goal is to have you prepared and confident to lead hikes that same spring! You’ll find our current training schedule here.

What’s covered: You’ll learn about Edgewood’s geology, plants, and wildlife, along with its history, preservation, and on-going restoration. Along the way, you’ll develop the interpretive strategies and skills that make for a great walk experience. The program’s design will provide you with a rich context for understanding and communicating the special nature of Edgewood Park and Preserve.

Cost: A $40 fee, payable at the first class, is charged for materials.

Right for you? If you delight in the natural wonders of Edgewood; if you’d like to enrich your own life and the lives of others with a closer connection to the natural world; if you are excited by the opportunities for challenge, adventure, and community that an Edgewood Docent enjoys, please consider joining us!

Contact: For more information or to sign up for the training, contact the Docent Training Coordinator, Sandy Bernhard, at docent-trainer@friendsofedgewood.org

Registration closes January 10, 2018.