If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community and put a smile on a local child’s face, why don’t you participate in the docent-training program offered at the San Francisco Botanical Garden? Throughout the year, more than 5,500 schoolchildren from the San Francisco region pay a visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Starting on February 10th, 2009, you could become a master at guiding these children on educational walks that entice their minds with colorful flowers and intriguing plants.

Don’t worry if you’re not the greenest thumb – it isn’t necessary for you to be a gardening wizard or botany expert. All you have to do is learn the basics and complete docent training for a period of three months. Soon, you’ll be able to indulge both a love for the great outdoors and working with children. Your training will consist of learning how to lead three themed walks that cater to kids attending kindergarten through the 5th grade.

Pre-registration is required to participate in the training. A downloadable application is found here. Please note that a $75 fee is expected, which also comes with the perks of a Botanical Garden Society membership. Any questions? Call Tom Laursen (Volunteer Services Manager) at 415-661-1316 (ext 412). Docent-training meets on Tuesdays (9am-12:30pm) at the Golden Gate Park in the County Fair Building – 9th Avenue and Lincoln.