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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.
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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. 

Upcoming Docent Training Programs: March & May (TBD)

(510) 544-3285



Big Break Regional Shoreline


Experience the wonders of the California Delta by sharing your knowledge and passion with others! 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, cultural history, the delta, and California’s water policy.

(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.

(510) 544-2750


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.

(510) 544-3169


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. 

(510) 544-3216



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.

10am-4pm, Fri, Feb 24, 2017 & Sat Feb 25, 2017, Course #15574 and #15575
6:30-8:30pm Thu, Mar 2, 2017, Course #15576

Ever wonder how to pick up a crab? What are those blobby masses on the beach in summer? Is the SF Bay healthy? If these topics interest you, consider becoming a Crab Cove Docent! During this 3 part training you will be taught the nuts and bolts of becoming a docent for the East Bay Regional Park District here at Crab Cove and other exciting parks in our area.  Basic interpretive skills, history, bay ecology, and much more will be highlighted. After completing these classes you will be able to assist with school programs, roving, special events, gardening, & resource inventory. We need your help! Many hands makes light work and a big difference!

No experience necessary. 18+ yrs. For more information or to sign up for this training please call: (510) 544-3182.

(510) 544-3182



Mobile Education Outreach,

Share your love of parks with children and families in communities throughout the District. Help staff with programs at elementary schools and presentations at special events. We’ll teach you all you need to know!

Upcoming Docent Training Programs: TBD, at Crab Cove Visitor Center, Alameda

(510) 544-2527



Sunol Regional Wilderness,

Del Valle Regional Park,

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

Del Valle/Sunol 2017 Docent Training Class
Become a docent at Del Valle Regional Park and Sunol Regional Wilderness! We are looking for docents to primarily help out with school programs at Del Valle and Shadow Cliffs. Special events and other public programming at Sunol is also a part of being a docent. For more information call (510) 544-3243 or email:

Tuesday, September 19, at Sunol
Wednesday, September 20, at Shadow Cliffs
Tuesday, September 26, at Del Valle Visitor Center
Wednesday, September 27, at De Valle Campground Amphitheater
Tuesday, October 3, at Del Valle Arroyo Road Staging Area
Graduation & Celebration: Monday, October 9, at Sunol

(510) 544-3249



Tilden Nature Area,

Tilden Nature Area 2017 Docent Training Class
Sunday, April 2, 9, 23, 30

Become a docent at the Tilden Nature Area! Help with our education programs, work on the Little Farm, participate in monitoring projects, and much more. Application is required. For more information, call (510) 544-3257. 

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.

(510) 544-3258