Happy Fall Docents!
Thank you for signing up and welcoming our new trainees as they shadow and start leading programs! Programs are picking up!
Here’s the link to our calendars: www.santacruzmuseums.org/docents/
Contact Pete (x14) for Neary, Matt (x13) for Sandhills, and Liz (x10) for Ohlone, Animal, Hosting and Storytime shifts (420-6115), or stop by the front desk to see the schedule.
Next week we still need docents for:
- Wednesday, 10/10 – 10am Ohlone tour
- Thursday, 10/11 – 10am Ohlone, 1pm Ohlone
- Friday, 10/12 – 10am Ohlone
New trainees – Don’t forget to bring your Volunteer applications and Docent Agreements to the luncheon on Monday, or drop them off at the front desk. Also, get in for fingerprinting so you can start with programs after observations. We’re so grateful to have you on board!
Docent launch and volunteer lunch
Monday, October 8, 11am-1pm
Please join us for the kick-off to the school year and our new trainees “graduation” in the outdoor amphitheater. Our wonderful community partners Shopper’s Corner, the Buttery and Beckman’s bakery are supplying food and drink. Come enjoy the great company! RSVP appreciated to Jen (email@example.com, 420-6115 ext. 15).
Neary Lagoon – The marsh is the place to be! Great bird and plankton sightings this week and the water temperature reached a record high of 74 degrees in the heat wave. Sign up now for observations and tours!
Sandhills Exploration – Our fall programs are going! We have three schools signed on for fall field trips and we need YOU to come lead stations:
- Wednesday, October 17, 9-11am
- Thursday, October 18, 9-11am
- Thursday, October 25, 9:30-11:30am
Contact Matt (firstname.lastname@example.org, 420-6115 x 13) to sign up and keep checking the Sandhills calendar as we add more field trip dates.
Hosting – October 5 is First Friday free day at the Museum and a fabulous day to Host as we have lots of visitors coming to see our exhibits! Deborah will be hosting noon-1pm if you would like to shadow or give it a try, come on by!! And we loooove to have Saturday hosts. Schedule with Liz!
Nat Time – Storytime docents, we’ve posted inside Docent Cabinet A a list of the topics we’ve covered weekly since February so we don’t repeat themes too often. Skunks this week, seals and sea lions next week. We’re storing some of the stuffed animals/puppets in Docent cabinet A if they are not in the book nook, look there. Keep spreading the word about the Thursday program (Facebook everyone you know!)
Do you have your old Docent Handbook that you don’t use anymore? Since all our resources are online, you may want to bring back that thick binder. We’ll file the resources and have them available for upcoming trainings!
Upcoming Docent dates:
Mark your calendars:
October 24, 3-5pm Education Open House and afterward…
* New time * 5-6pm – Docent orientation of our new exhibit: Keen Eyes and Curious Minds – Exploring the Lives and Work of Local Naturalists Daniel Miller and Randall Morgan
October 29, 10am-1pm – Storytelling workshop
Local storyteller Bethany Kilzer, who often entertains at Quail Hollow Ranch County Park with stories and myths about snakes, turtles, frogs and other critters, and museum docent Nancy Lenz, who has taught and told at school assemblies, book fairs and festivals, guarantee a morning of good times and realizing exercises to help banish fears for beginning tellers and encourage experienced tellers to use stories to bring to life our museum exhibits. The Native American Storyteller says…”I will tell you stories of what happened long ago. Some of you will remember every word that I say, some will remember a part of the words, and some will forget them all — but you must do your best. Hereafter you must tell these stories to one another. Now listen, now tell.”
November 10, 1-5pm – Community Engagement workshop at Seymour Center with our informal education partners (more info to come!)
December 5, 1-2:30pm – Tour of wastewater treatment plant by Neary Lagoon
Other enrichment opportunities:
October 7, 10am-4:30pm Gathering of Ohlone Peoples
A celebration of the history, culture and traditional skills of Ohlone Peoples at Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont. Details and schedule for the day at: http://www.ebparks.org/activities/events/Gathering_of_Ohlone_Peoples_-_2012_s_p1114
We look forward to celebrating you on Monday, October 8 at the luncheon!
-Deborah, Liz, Jen, Pete and Matt