If you are interested in coming out weekly or monthly on a regular basis, consider helping us as a docent.


CNC docents are volunteers who are stationed at a variety of exhibits on the grounds and in the Discovery Center or leading trail hikes on the grounds. They help visitors gain an understanding of the natural world. Docents share their knowledge and enthusiasm about exhibits, gardens, trails, and non-releasable wildlife by greeting visitors, answering questions, conducting animal presentations, and leading weekend hikes.


Becoming a docent at CNC involves a training process, which begins with a 1/2 day of orientation. Orientation is scheduled two times a year; usually in February and August). Orientation is followed by several observations of other docents and CNC naturalists in action. The initial training process can be completed in 3-6 months. Continued training opportunities are offered on an ongoing basis. Our docents are outgoing and enthusiastic environmental educators! 

  • Docents are expected to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours a month.
  • Individual docents must be ages 16 or older.
  • Docent classes are typically held twice a year in February and August.
  • Docent orientation classes tend to fill up a month or so before the scheduled dates; please apply early! 


If you are interested, please complete the “Individual Volunteer Application” on the volunteer page and indicate you are interested in more information about becoming a Docent. Once we receive it, we will be in touch to help answer any questions and to set up a phone interview.

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