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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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Spring Docent Training

Tuesdays, March 14, 21, and 28, 2023
1:00 PM to 4:00PM

Do you love the Gardens and want to learn more about their history and the plant collections? Do you have a thirst for knowledge? The Gardens is seeking communicative, organized, punctual, enthusiastic, observant, and friendly people to help engage guests. If this sounds like you, we hope you will consider joining MCBGs' Docent Team.

This year will include three days of training plus monthly learning opportunities. The theme of the training is “Inspiring Joy and Learning in the Garden”, which is a simplified version of the Garden’s vision statement: To be a treasured resource that inspires joy and learning through our exquisite gardens and important collections, restored natural environment, and unique cultural history. The March trainings will focus on the following:

  • March 14 – Introduction and principles of interpretation
  • March 21 – Cultural history of the Gardens and staff introductions
  • March 28 – Introduction to the Gardens' Collections

We will start each day with a walk and lessons in the garden and then come back to the Meeting Room or Farmhouse to wrap up and reflect. You will receive the coveted Docent Handbook, learn the principles of interpretation, and practice your new skills with the group. If you have a passion for the Gardens and want to share it with our visitors, please consider this rewarding opportunity.


Would you like to join? 
Please RSVP to Alison at with your name and a little bit about yourself. If you are not already a part of our volunteer team, please CLICK HERE to complete a brief questionnaire.


Learn more about Volunteering at the Gardens
Volunteers have made the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens all that it is today. Their dedication, cooperation, hard work, and creative energies are the heartbeat of this organization. We invite you to become a part of our family of volunteers and help the Gardens continue to thrive. Learn more...



Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023