2018 USU Garden Docent Program Registration

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Ogden Botanical Garden

1750 Monroe Blvd

Ogden, UT 84401

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Dear Master Gardener,

Become a Garden Docent today and help others to enjoy the vast resources we have to offer at the Ogden Botanical Gardens and the Utah State University Botanical Center. Docents work directly with USU Extension and Garden Staff to oversee garden improvements and support educational activities on site. Docent responsibilities include working with the public at garden events, conducting tours, and sharing their knowledge of horticultural facets found in the gardens. Docents also help train new volunteers and garden apprentices.

You will be given eight specialized training sessions in these areas, on these dates:

  1. Feb 16: Plant Introduction/Greenhouse – USUBC

  2. Mar 16: Pruning/Edibles – USUBC

  3. April 20: Arboretum – USUBC

  4. June 15: Herbaceous Plants -OBG

  5. May 11-12: Public Events – Baby Animal Days

  6. July 13: Garden Design Fieldtrip - USUBC

  7. Aug 17: Diagnostics - OBG

  8. Sep 21: Utah House – USUBC

We will celebrate on Oct 4 with a Docent Appreciation Dinner at the Wetlands Discovery Point.

This program has a 2-year commitment.

Below is a brief description of how the Docent Program will work:

Year 1: Garden Apprentice (Requirements)

  • Must have graduated from a Master Gardener Program – including 40 hours of community service in horticulture.
  • Must complete all 8 training sessions given the 3rd Friday of each month Feb-Sep 9am-12pm (approximately 24 hours of specialized instruction). Exception is in July-this will be held on the 2nd Friday
  • Must volunteer at one special event (i.e. Baby Animal Days, or Garden Tour)
  • Must maintain a current garden membership (FREE first year of membership is included with Docent class fee)

Year 2: Garden Docent

  • Must have completed all requirements in the Garden Apprentice Program
  • Must maintain a current garden membership
  • Must commit to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours at one of the USU Gardens and help as needed in training new volunteers under the direction of USU Garden staff members
  • Must volunteer at one special event

The Docent Committee will select qualified candidates through an application process.

If interested, complete this on-line registration so you can continue your training and enjoy a new chapter of volunteering with Utah State University’s Garden Docent Program.

Space is limited. The application deadline is Dec 15, 2017.

If selected to participate, you will be notified by Jan 16, 2018 with an email notice and a link to pay a one-time Docent training and supplies fee of $100 which is due by February 1, 2018. This fee includes a 1-year USU Garden Membership.

If you have any questions, please call Natalie at 801-399-8201.

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1750 Monroe Blvd

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