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Garden Guide Training


Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays: February 19, 21, 26, 28, March 5, 7 (6-session course)

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM


Do you have an enthusiasm for the natural world that you'd like to share with others? Are you looking for a fun and exciting learning opportunity? Become a Garden Guide! Garden Guides are specially trained volunteers who help us to educate thousands of people each year through school field trips, adult group tours, and family special events. Our enthusiastic and committed volunteers create memorable learning experiences and serve as ambassadors of the Garden's mission. 


You don't need to be an expert or have a background in science or teaching! Successful volunteers are willing to learn, open-minded, friendly, flexible, enjoy working with and teaching children and/or adults, and have time to volunteer. In-depth training covers the Garden's history and mission, southeastern native plants and habitats, plant-animal interactions, interpretive techniques, and field trip program curricula. 



• Be part of a like-minded group of people and make an impact for the Garden's mission

• Continue learning through optional Advanced Training sessions on varied natural science topics, including field trips, held monthly in spring and fall

• Discounted rate on Garden membership ($30) which includes 10% discounts on education program fees and in the Garden Shop, free wildflower seeds, and more

• Invitations to special volunteer events throughout the year



• Complete 6-session training course and shadow an experienced Guide or staff at least twice before leading programs

• Commit to volunteering a minimum of 36 hours per year (1-2 programs per month; includes any Advanced Training hours)

• Able to be outdoors and physically navigate the Garden for up to 1.5 hours 

• Background check required upon completion of training


For more information, contact Mike Dunn: or 919-962-2887


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