Museum of Northern Arizona recruiting for 2008 Docent Training Program

Jessi Thomas (left) and a friend make crafts with Museum of Northern Arizona Docents Phyllis Wolfskill (standing at center) and Nancy Easter (right) at this year’s Celebraciones de la Gente.

Jessi Thomas (left) and a friend make crafts with Museum of Northern Arizona Docents Phyllis Wolfskill (standing at center) and Nancy Easter (right) at this year’s Celebraciones de la Gente.

FLAGSTAFF-The Museum of Northern Arizona is recruiting for the 2008 Docent Training Program. MNA is seeking enthusiastic individuals who would like to learn and teach the human and natural history of the Colorado Plateau.

Docents are volunteer educators who lead group tours and workshops throughout the year for school-age children and adults. Docent trainees must enjoy working with children and be willing to give a minimum of sixty hours per year in the form of tour leadership.

The 2008 Docent training class will meet on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Jan. 22 through May 27. The class consists of expert speakers on ecology, history, geology,

paleontology, anthropology, archaeology and fine arts. Training on effective interpretative techniques and educational content gives docents confidence in working with the public and leading gallery tours. 

The Docent Training Program is an excellent way to give back to your community through teaching, while learning more about the land and people of northern Arizona. Docent tours range from puppet shows for preschoolers to adult gallery tours on multiple topics. Throughout the year there are many opportunities for docents to interact with the public and work toward their commitment of sixty hours of service per year.

MNA's Docent Program includes many social activities with the opportunity to meet people with similar interests. You will partake in an in-depth course on the history, cultures, and geology of the Colorado Plateau. In return, you share your knowledge and enthusiasm with museum visitors.

If you are interested in interviewing to become a Museum of Northern Arizona docent, please contact Docent/Volunteer Programs manager Dianna Van Sanford at dvansanford@mna.mus.az.us or (928) 774-5213, ext. 206.

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