By Tonja Swank, Public Relations Coordinator
Volunteer Educators Share Time and Talent at the Sacramento Zoo
If you’ve spent time at the Sacramento Zoo, you have undoubtedly encountered many of the 153 yellow-shirted docents sharing animal information and answering visitor questions. If you’ve ever wanted to share your love of animals, now is the time. Join forces with those who give a total of more than 6,000 hours to the Zoo each year. The Sacramento Zoo is taking applications for the 2012 Docent Training class until December 15, 2011.
As a Docent, you will share the strength of a tiger’s jaw, show the vertebrae in a giraffe’s neck and compare paw prints. Docents conduct station talks at the Zoo, giving visitors a hands-on education about animals at the Zoo and around the world. With additional training, you can lead school field trips, give tours and participate in live animal presentations, both on and off Zoo grounds.
Zoo Docents are volunteer educators, 18 and older, who have a love for wildlife and enjoy people. An orientation meeting will be held on January 7, 2012, followed by a nine-week class. This mini-course in Zoology runs every Saturday through mid-March. For more information on becoming a Docent and to receive an application, please contact the Education Department at (916) 808-5889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.