Become a Docent for the Petaluma Public Wetlands
The Petaluma Wetlands Alliance (PWA) provides training each winter for community members who are interested in becoming city-appointed docent volunteers for the Petaluma Public Wetlands. Here are some of the activities performed by our docents:
- encourage public visitation to the wetlands by leading tours for rhe public at Shollenberger Park, Alman Marsh, and the Ellis Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
- educate the public about the value, ecology, history, and beauty of the wetlands
- visit elementary school classrooms and lead school tours at Shollenberger Park, using hands-on, science-based activities about a wetlands
- operate docent and volunteer-work programs
- help generate funds for the docent program through grants and public contributions
- work with the city on wetland management issues
- solicit organizations or groups to help with various wetland-related activities
Docent training is eight consecutive Thursday mornings, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, January thru February. Training takes place in Petaluma at the Lucchesi Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. and/or Shollenberger Park, 1900 S. McDowell Blvd.
The course consists of lectures on wetlands, ecology, plants, birds, other wetlands’ animals, and hands-on techniques used with school groups.
Docents are asked to make a two-year, 20-hours-per-year commitment as a docent. Contacts for further information: Docent Bob 763-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org; Education Chair 789-0282, email@example.com; Chairman Gerald 763-3577, firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the button below to send an online application. Normally those accepted into the program would need to pay $40 to help offset the cost of a docent manual. However, this year in 2013 (because of the bad economy), we have lowered the course cost to $20.
Docent Application Form