education programs

  • Garden Docent

    Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens staffGardens Docent
    Docents are an engaging and dedicated group of volunteers who interpret our beautiful Gardens 24-acre site and help visitors connect with plants. You can see them guiding tours, roving our grounds, facilitating garden-specific content and sharing the history of the Gardens, artistic, horticultural and architectural information. Are a lifelong learner? Are you passionate about art and nature? Then the Docent Program might be the perfect fit for you! Contact our Volunteer Services Department at vol@botanicgardens.org 

    Interested in booking a private tour for your group with one of our docents? Contact tours@botanicgardens.org

    Qualifications:
    Excellent interpersonal and communications skills; ability to comfortably engage visitors in their surroundings; stamina to spend up to two hours standing and walking in the gardens.
    Schedule:
    Upon completion of training, Garden Docents are required to commit to a minimum of two programs/shifts per month.
  • School Program Facilitator

    Volunteers will lead small groups of 10-12 students in specific activities, while facilitating the process of discovery.

    Qualifications:
    Enjoy working with children; interest in plants; comfortable multi-tasking; patient.
    Schedule:
    Each program occurs on a specific weekday morning during specific seasons. Volunteers are expected to commit to guiding at least two programs per month during the months that the program is offered.
  • "As a result of my volunteer experience, I grew my professional skill set and made a major career change that has allowed me to combine volunteerism, service and professional growth into an executive position with a national service organization."

    - Bevin, Volunteer
  • “I have become a Denver Botanic Gardens addict. I just cannot get enough of the wonderful people, the fun and the education I receive in one of the most spectacular settings I know. I call my time at the Gardens “therapy for my spirit and soul."

    - Lynn, Volunteer
  • “I enjoy the visitors, both seniors and school children, who make the gardens a vibrant, lively place. Goodwill, happiness and fun abound in the Gardens.”

    - Kristina, Volunteer