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Docent Groups

Docent volunteerSomething truly special happens when you share yourself with others...

For over 30 years, the East Bay Regional Park District has provided opportunities for members of the public to do just that--share their love of nature or their passion for history by becoming docents.

Remember the first time you positively identified a red-tailed hawk? Or how excited you were when you first saw a butterfly chrysalis? These are life changing moments for many of us. If you become a docent, you could be the one to share these moments with other park visitors!

Docent volunteerIf you have a passion for learning and sharing, a love for nature or history, and would like to share your passion with like-minded people who share your enthusiasm for encouraging stewardship in the parks, then you will find a visitor center that can help you become an East Bay Regional Park District docent. New docent training programs will be offered this year at most of the visitor centers, so call a Visitor Center today and find out how you can get involved.

Docent Training Programs

After completing training classes, docents work alongside naturalists to provide hands-on learning opportunities to students, and assist with special events. Minimum requirements are that docents must attend the training sessions and agree to volunteer a minimum number of hours per month, which varies by interpretive center. A $35 fee covers classroom instruction and supplies. All downloads are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format Adobe Acrobat PDF

Location Program Description Contact
Ardenwood Historic Farm,
Assist with farm and field chores, educational programs, and historic demonstrations. Cook on a wood stove, teach historic crafts such as spinning, weaving, and toy making or tend the Victorian herb garden. 

Call (510) 544-3284 or

Big Break Regional Shoreline


Experience the wonders of the California Delta by sharing your knowledge and passion with other! Docents at the Big Break Visitor Center at the Delta and Big Break Regional Shoreline will learn the science behind the regional ecology in order to assist Interpretive Staff with a variety of community and school programming in subjects that may include wetland ecology, hydrology, Native American cultures, the delta, and California’s water policy.

Informational Flyer 


Call (510) 544-3053

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve,
Help with special events, educational programs, bluebird box monitoring, and sand- and coal mining-era artifact cataloging.


Call (510) 544-2768 or

Botanic Garden,
Tilden Regional Park
Help propagate and maintain potted California native plants for sale to the public. Help maintain the garden by weeding, raking and nursery work. Lead tours of the Garden for weekend visitors and special groups.

Call (510) 544-3169 or 

Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont Help maintain and build Ohlone-style structures, gather and process plant materials for cultural programs, and assist with habitat restoration efforts and a variety of short-term, special natural and cultural history projects. 

Call (510) 544-3216 or

Crab Cove
Visitor Center
Learn to share your love of the outdoors with children and families and assist our naturalist staff with programs. Beautiful San Francisco Bay, its ecology, and the area's rich cultural history is our primary focus.

Informational Flyer

Call (510) 544-3187 or

Sunol Regional Wilderness,

Assist with educational programs, special events, and resource conservation projects.

Sunol-Ohlone Volunteer Program

What Sunol Docents Do

Call (510) 544-3240 or

Tilden Nature Area,
Help with activities at the Little Farm and handle small animals in the farm classroom. Assist naturalists with tours of the Native Butterfly Garden and Kid's Garden. Other docent activities include pond studies, insect explorations and individual projects.


Call (510) 544-3262 or