Docent casting call under way

Docent casting call under wayThe Maturango Museum Docent League is now recruiting new docents. Seasoned desert dwellers and desert newbies alike will have much to share and learn in joining the Docent League for docent training this August.

It is always amazing what wonderful knowledge and talents new docents bring to this group of volunteer teachers. Also amazing are the wonderful educational opportunities that experienced docents can offer to trainees.

As a member of the Docent League a new docent may help conduct museum tours for adults and children as well as present specimen collection to children at school and to all the members of our community.

Many docents were “hooked” the moment they saw the beautiful gray fox specimen or a child’s face light up when touching the coyote pelt or a mourning dove.

The Docent League offers the camaraderie of friendly, excited, dedicated people. New members can enjoy working with a group of people who go on field trips and interact with the museum staff.

Join the league for an introductory tea on Monday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery. There will be a brief overview of the docent program, a museum tour, and introductions to some important people. Those interested can participate in presentations of interest each day for the rest of the week. Topics of interest are natural history — desert flora and fauna, Indian Wells Valley history, Native Americans, weather and art. The Docent League will also provide training on the newly purchased portable planetarium.

Docents participate in their chosen areas of interest and are not obligated to present programs. Volunteers may assist lead docents and decide when and if they wish to present. The level of participation is the docent’s choice and commitment.

Interested? Call Nora Nuckles, education coordinator, at the Maturango Museum at 760-375-6900 or e-mail matmus7@matu Save the dates Aug. 19-23, from 9-11:30 a.m.

Story First Published: 2013-06-12