Discovery Docent Program

Discovery Docent Program

Become a Discovery Docent at Brooklyn Botanic Garden!

Are you a nature lover who enjoys engaging with children?

Would you like to share your curiosity about plants and nature with your community in a beautiful outdoor setting?

We are looking for volunteers to join our Summer 2023 Discovery Docent Program. Docents engage with visitors of all ages in the Discovery Garden, a one-acre hands-on children’s garden at BBG. Docents lead different activity stations around the garden, interacting with visiting families and school and camp groups.

Discovery Docents engage with visitors at an activity station. Photo by Blanca Begert.
Discovery Docents engage with visitors at an activity station. Photo by Blanca Begert.

Our Discovery Docents facilitate hands-on science activities throughout the Discovery Garden. No prior knowledge is necessary—all that’s needed is an interest in nature, a willingness to grow and learn, and a friendly team attitude. BBG conducts a brief interview with all applicants to ensure they are a good fit.

Join an enthusiastic group of young adults, seniors, career changers, and students who are passionate about sharing their enthusiasm for nature with the community.


For more information, contact Karen Wylie, manager of the Discovery Garden and Family Programs, at [email protected] or call 718-623-7284.

Summer 2023 Discover Docent Schedule

Docents choose one shift:

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

First Discoveries (toddler program)

  • Wednesdays: July 5–August 16
  • Fridays: July 7–August 18

Family Discovery Weekends (all ages)

  • Saturdays: July 8–August 12
  • Sundays: July 9–August 13

Optional Shifts

Summer Saturdays

June 3, June 10, June 17

Plants of Little Caribbean evening event

Thursday in July (date to be confirmed)

Family Members’ Night

Wednesday, August 9

Plants of Little Caribbean end-of-summer event

Tuesday, August 29

Download Program Flyer (PDF)

Image, top of page: Michael Stewart