"Thank you for this wonderful program which gives my students opportunities they would not otherwise have!"
Steele Lane School
Become a Learning Laguna Docent or Laguna Guide
Laguna Docents lead groups of school children in the Learning Laguna program. Docents work with school districts in Sonoma County to bring 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students into the Laguna to learn about the wonders of this wetlands treasure in our own backyard. Laguna Guides also share knowledge about the Laguna and do most of their teaching at the Laguna Environmental Center.
Expert Training Programs
Experts in biology, hydrology, natural history, cultural history and environmental education train Learning Laguna docents in 10 lively sessions held on Mondays each spring. Each meeting includes presentations, discussion, and hands-on practice with the Learning Laguna activities, plus a fieldtrip to special Laguna locations. Classes generally run from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Docents receive a binder with reading and reference material that is closely tied with the theme of each classroom session. There is $145 fee to cover the cost of the materials. Payments can be arranged and limited partial scholarships are available.
After training, docents are asked to make a two-year, minimum 40 hour per year volunteer commitment to the Laguna Foundation. During that time, docents are expected to participate in elementary school classroom and field trips each school season, Fall and Spring. Because the program is focused around the classroom, and school year, it requires that docents be able to schedule during school hours (7:30-2:30), Tuesday through Friday. Once trained, some docents are interested in leading community hikes and additional training is provided for those education events. Other volunteer opportunities are also available.
Orientation Events for Learning Laguna docent training...are a great way to see if this training program is right for you. Join us for an informative overview of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, the Laguna Foundation, the Learning Laguna program, plus some fun with a couple of the classroom activities on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 6:00-7:30 PM in Great Blue Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center (900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa)
Once the course dates are set for the 2014 training, the schedule will be posted here. For reference, view the 2013 Docent training schedule here.
The Laguna Guides training program is also taught by experts during lively classes focused on the Laguna. Instead, this course prepares volunteers to lead activities and tours at the Laguna Environmental Center, public walks on the Laguna Trail and other sites, plus how to "manage" Great Blue Heron Hall during public education and special events, including site rentals. This training course occurs on 4 Thursday evenings and 3 Saturday mornings in June. Laguna Guides volunteer year-round, primarily on evenings and weekends. The course fee is $75.00 and the Foundation asks for a monthly commitment of 3-10 hours. See the Laguna Guides training application here. See the the 2013 Laguna Guides training schedule here.
We invite you to join us!
Whether the thought of becoming a Learning Laguna Docent is exciting to you or training to become a Laguna Guide is a better fit, we hope you will choose to become an education volunteer and an ambassador for the Laguna de Santa Rosa!
Follow this link to the Laguna docent training application.
Adventure, camaraderie, growth, and a deeper connection to the Laguna await...