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Become a Docent

  • Join scientists and educators in supporting our community by helping educate the next genernation in science and nature discovery
  • No previous experience required
  • Enroll in our free Docent Training Certification Course
  • Docents enjoy educational field trips and free educational symposiums 

Docents after completing in depth training, educate over 20,000 students a year. Opening their minds to the joy of curiosity and discovery of the natural world, its history, cycles and science.

Kristen Carte-Smith
School and Teacher Services Manager
2559 Puesta Del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-4711 ext. 168


Docent MuseumWhat makes a great docent?      

A willingness to learn, to explore and to share.

The life of a Docent

  • In depth training by Museum staff.
  • Giving back and improving the lives of the next generation, through Museum educational programs.
  • Docents provide programs that cover a vast array of science and Natural History. From astronomy, Chumash culture, paleontology, birds, insects, oceanography, mammals or marine life.
  • We teach our Docents how to present information in an engaging way.

telescope  Bird hall  mamoth

New Docents join a class to learn all school programs and get training on interpretation at the Museum. New Docent classes occur on Monday mornings for a 3-4 month onboarding period. All Docents participate in a monthly training/seminar on the first Monday of each month during the school year.

All Docents generally provide one-two weekday mornings per week during the school year. We are flexible with Docents that can only be here for part of the year if necessary.
School Programs: Astronomy Programs on Mondays; All School Programs: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Docent Field Trip: Spring 2017
Joshua Tree National Park


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