What is a Docent?
Docents are adult volunteers that interact with guests to enhance their zoo experience. Docents must be at least 18 years of age, a member of the Zoo, and complete training requirements that correspond with the type of privileges desired.
What does a Docent do?
Docents have completed specialized training to provide educational interpretation of exhibits, bio facts, and animals throughout the zoo to teach about wildlife, environment, and conservation topics. Docents also conduct programs to schools, scout groups, summer campers, senior citizens, and civic organizations in our community. Docents can take training to learn how to handle and interpret our ambassador animals to guests at the Zoo.
How do I become a Docent?
- Read the Docent Program Flyer (link below) to find out more about the program and training schedule. Entry classes are offered twice a year – in spring and fall.
- Complete the online Docent Application (link below).
- Submit the application by the deadline as stated on the application (roughly Feb. 1 / Sept. 1 each year).
- Interview with a member of the MPZ Docent Recruitment Committee.
- Wait to be contacted by Zoo staff once your application is approved, approximately two weeks prior to first class.
- Attend our Docent training class to begin in early February & September.
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