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Docent Training

Today, when so many people live hectic urban lives disconnected from the natural world, nature education has become a crucially important issue. We all need personal experiences in nature, meaningful & profound experiences that encourage us to develop a sense of our place on Earth — a sense of belonging, a sense of home & a sense of stewardship. The future depends upon it, because:

 “In the end, we will save only what we love;

We will love only what we understand;

And we will understand only what we have been taught.”

                                                                                 Baba Dioum, Senegal


Diane West-Bourke has developed innovative docent training programs for the Filoli Center  & the Midpeninsula Open Space District (MROSD), which, like many environmental & conservation organizations, rely heavily on docent volunteers to lead nature hikes & activities.

During these 10-14 week docent training programs, Diane teaches trainees about important ecological principles & processes; local flora, fauna & ecosystems; native American life; & the elusive art of interpretation. Her dynamic teaching style makes the learning experience fun & memorable.

Diane uses a comprehensive, theme-based approach that creates a flexible conceptual framework to help trainees (& docents) integrate factual information, observations & experience in a meaningful way. Once in place, that framework continues to support fledgling docents & boost their confidence, enthusiasm & effectiveness long after graduation.



  This site was last updated 10/10/10