Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History will begin training for new docents from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the museum. A session will be held each Tuesday after that for eight weeks.
Participants will learn about the museum's history, exhibits and programs so that they can provide guided tours of the museum to all kinds of groups.
"Docents are among the highest-trained of the museum's volunteers," said Cami Liggett, museum educator.
No prior experience in science is required, just a willingness to become involved. All with an interest in the museum are encouraged to apply.
"Some people are overwhelmed by the idea of such a long training, but I think that all our current docents found that the training was not as difficult as they feared and they really learn a lot," she said.
Docents are central to the museum's operation because they provide tours to schools and other groups that visit. They help the visitors better understand the exhibits and provide a personal touch during a museum visit.
If you are interested in joining the museum's team, reserve your place in the training by calling Patricia Duffey, volunteer coordinator at the Sternberg Museum, at (785) 628-5684.