Lee Richardson Zoo
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Interested in becoming a docent?  Come to our docent coffee hour!
It is a Saturday in January of each year and gives you a chance to meet current  docents and learn a little more about being a volunteer educator.


What does a Docent Do?

The Lee Richardson Zoo Docents are a group of dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds who volunteer their time to help the zoo's Education Division spread its message of conservation. Docents share a love of animals and nature, and a desire to promote the Lee Richardson Zoo. 

The function of the Docent program is education. Docents give animal programs to schools, scouts, service organizations, senior citizens, youth groups and others. Docents also assist withEarth Day festivities, discovery carts (featuring interesting animal biofacts) on the zoo grounds.

The Lee Richardson Zoo Docents are excited to share the zoo and their love of animals with visitors of all ages. 

Here at the zoo, we believe that introducing children to animals and the environment at an early age will promote a lifetime of caring for both. Our active, dynamic organization invites you to bring your enthusiasm and JOIN US! 

Our training classes provide you with the basics of tour and program techniques, conservation and animal information, zoo history and more. All you need to provide is your time and enthusiasm to learn and share your knowledge with others. Training takes place during January, February, and March each year with a 3-hour class offered twice a week for 9 weeks.  Trainees also take part in two outdoor sessions during training to become familiar with the zoo grounds and behind the scenes areas.

The Zoo needs you! Won't you join us? For more detailed information about docenting at the zoo, call the zoo at (620) 276-1250 or e-mail zoo.education@gardencityks.us .