In my last post, I talked about the importance of sharing our own personal nature and wildlife connections with others, especially the younger set. Here at LWM, we have a dedicated group of docents that does just that – with flair!
A couple of years ago, I was interested in volunteering here, but wasn’t quite sure where would be the best fit. From the hospital to the exhibit hall, there are many opportunities to contribute your time and talents. At the volunteer opportunities meeting (which, by the way, the next one is on September 22), I was immediately captured (perhaps “captivated”? No, “captured” is correct) by the docent crew, and have happily been here ever since.
I soon discovered that I was surrounded by a group of sharp, fascinating, creative, witty, and very knowledgeable folks who all share not only a love of wildlife, but a passion for sharing it with others. We all have our favorite critters and our own ways of explaining things, and we learn so much from each other working together to improve our programs.
Of course, the kids are the main reason we do what we do. Honestly, there is nothing like seeing the look on kids’ faces as they get an up-close look at a tarantula, or the collective gasp when they realize that the hawk a few feet away just turned to look at them. Personally, my favorite thing is to get a timid child (or adult!) to touch a snake for the first time. Seeing the fear turn into wonder and appreciation is a great feeling.
So if you’d like to join our ranks and teach kids about nature, while learning a thing or two yourself, docent training starts on September 10 and runs through November 26. For more information and to apply, contact Polly Gusa at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 627-2944. Come join us!