Outstanding Volunteer Opportunity for Lovers of the Sonoran Desert
It’s nearly time for the Docent Class training to begin again at Tohono Chul Park. Park Docents are those volunteers in the brown vests that mark them as the interpreters and teachers of the secrets of the desert. Docents roam the grounds looking for visitors to engage with to talk about what they are seeing and experiencing around them; the incredible journeys of the hummingbird, the adaptive strategies of the cacti, the nest-building habits of the Cactus Wren, and even the cultural habits of indigenous peoples.
Docents earn those brown vests after 18 weeks of challenging training under Tom “Snake Boy” McDonald. Tom is nothing if not fun and entertaining, as well as being one of the most established experts and teachers of all things Sonoran Desert. These classes invariably produce excited desert fans as well as life-long friends. The annual class begins in October, and meets all day once a week for 18 sessions.
Tohono Chul Park is an exceptional Tucson treasure, and volunteering there, either as a Docent or as a regular Park Volunteer, is a great experience. If you are interested in either, email Volunteer Coordinator Heather Quinney and plan to attend the Prospective Docent Coffee, September 12 at 10am.