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New Docent Training Course


2019 Training Dates:

Basic Training in San Simeon: 
Spring - Saturday March 30 or 
Fall - Saturday September 21

Advanced Training in San Simeon:
Saturday, October 5
Saturday, October 19


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elephant seal docentWhat Is A Docent?

A docent is a person who acts as a guide or interpreter, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, zoo or other natural area.


As a docent with the Friends of the Elephant Seal you will join a team of volunteers who share the fascinating life story of the Northern elephant seal with visitors from around the world.



Our 20-hour classroom training, delivered over 4 Saturdays, provides information on the elephant seal life cycle and other aspects of the marine ecosystem. Training is continued with on-site mentoring at the Piedras Blancas viewing area. Once you have completed your training you will join a group of 100 dedicated volunteers who enjoy sharing their knowledge of our remarkable wildlife with our visitors.


Meet The Docent Class of 2017


docent jacketCOMMITMENT:

Docents commit to volunteering for four 3-hour shifts each month. Friends of the Elephant Seal docents receive continuing education through annual review programs, docent appreciation events, docent newsletter and special programs.


To apply and receive more information about training use our on-line docent application (CLICK HERE). We can be contacted at (805) 924-1628 should you have any questions.


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