WHAT EXACTLY IS A "DOCENT?" The dictionary's definition is "tutor." Docents are akin to educators and the Docents here at the Sanctuary fulfill the vital role of conveying information about the Sanctuary's Living Collection: assisting at special events, leading outreachs in the community, and always leaving a memorable impression of the facility. Docents are ambassadors for all the rescued animals at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A DOCENT? Attend a six week (once per week) workshop that covers the Sanctuary animals, how to give tours to different age groups, outreach training, and animal handling. You will receive a handbook, t-shirt and name tag. A small fee covers these materials. Docents are also required to attend informal quarterly meetings and additional training classes.