What is a Docent?
Docents are adult volunteers that interact with guests to enhance their zoo experience. Docents must be at least 18 years of age, a member of the Zoo, and complete training requirements that correspond with the type of privileges desired.
What does a Docent do?
Docents have completed specialized training to provide educational interpretation of exhibits, bio facts, and animals throughout the zoo to teach about wildlife, environment, and conservation topics. Docents also conduct programs to schools, scout groups, summer campers, senior citizens, and civic organizations in our community. Docents can take training to learn how to handle and interpret our ambassador animals to guests at the Zoo.
How do I become a Docent?
- Read the Volunteer Program Informational Flier.
Click here for the Flier
- Complete the Docent Application using the online link below.
- Attend a Docent Recruitment informational meeting, offered several times a year.
- Interview with a member of the MPZ Docent Recruitment Committee. Interviews will be conducted after application is received and after attending an informational meeting, and before the next docent class begins.
- Complete our new volunteer training class, which includes both classroom and outdoor sessions with staff and Docents. These are offered twice a year in early spring and fall.