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Become a Docent

The Docent Program at our Museum is a mentoring program which focuses on utilizing each person's interests and skills. Training includes a docent training manual and additional reading, in class lectures and discussions, field trips to local sites, and shadowing of experienced docents.

How Do I Join?

For more information about the Docent Program, please call 805.966.1601 x 108 or EMAIL

What is a Docent?

A docent is a volunteer teacher who serves the Museum and the community as a local history educator.

What Do Docents Do?

Currently, we have a few types of docents who share their love of local history. Some docents choose to volunteer in all categories, while others focus on one area of expertise. Touring Docents lead tours of the Museum gallery and Fernald Mansion, and our Outreach Docents give PowerPoint presentation in the local community and in the area high schools. Docents attend monthly continuing education meetings as part of their ongoing professional development.