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Smith-Gilbert Gardens Offering Docent Training

Smith-Gilbert Gardens will be offering docent (tour guide) training classes specifically for children’s tours for five consecutive weeks.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens will be offering docent (tour guide) training classes specifically for children’s tours for five consecutive weeks beginning Thursday, January 30, 2014. 

The once a week, two-hour classes are designed to prepare docents to lead tours and assist with giving programs for children from kindergarteners up to fourth grade. 

These programs are designed to meet the common core standards of the school system. 

The classes will include information about plant identification, the Gardens sculpture, and the history of the Hiram Butler house. Curricula focus specifically on children’s education and are designed by Education Coordinator Stefanie Haerynck.

“This is a great opportunity for former educators to stay connected with children,” said Haerynck. “Our docents learn how they can best share their knowledge and passion for plants, flowers, history and art with young, would-be gardeners.”

Docents also participate in regularly scheduled field trips to other gardens and interesting locations. 

Volunteer social events include a summer potluck lunch and a Christmas party. 

For more information, call Volunteer Coordinator Jim Parks at 770- 919-0248 or e-mail jparks@smithgilbertgardens.com. 

Registration is required; you can register online at smithgilbertgardens.com.

press release from city of Kennesaw

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