CALL FOR DOCENTS
There are openings for more Docents for the 2009
season at the Orono Bog Boardwalk. Docenting is fun, and a valuable community
service. More than twenty docents worked as volunteers at the boardwalk in 2008. Would you like to join this illustrious group? We want
to hear from you!
Docents greet visitors; answer their questions
about the boardwalk, the ecology and the natural history of the bog; act as
natural history guides for small groups; and they inform visitors of boardwalk
rules, when necessary. In addition, docents may occasionally need to nail down
a loose deck board, or in a rare emergency call 911 (a cell phone is provided
at the boardwalk).
Each docent shift lasts three hours or less. We encourage
docents to put in one shift every two weeks, on average, from May through
October. That's a total of 10-12 sessions spread over the six months.
Scheduling and the number of days between sessions are very flexible, and can
be fit around the docent's personal schedule.
Docent Short Course
- To prepare you to answer questions on the ecology and natural history of
wetlands (with a focus on Orono Bog) there will be a half-day of instruction
taught by Dr. Ron Davis in the Spring. The Short Course will take place at the boardwalk and will also cover
history and administrative aspects. Recommended reading: "Bogs of the
Northeast" by C. W. Johnson, (1985. University Press of New England) This
book can be ordered at any bookstore. In addition to the half-day course,
will be on hand to work with each new docent on his/her first session at the
To volunteer to be a docent, please contact Director John Daigle by email
or telephone him at 207-581-2850.
Directions to the boardwalk site:
Via Stillwater Ave, drive about 200 yards
south of American Concrete (which is just south of the Orono/Bangor town
line), turn westward onto Tripp Drive, go to Bangor City Forest parking lot at
end of road, park, walk through gate, and follow the East Trail about 1/4 mile
to the boardwalk.