Discovery Docent Program - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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?

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.

We give preference to returning Discovery Docents, so it is not guaranteed that we will be able to accept new volunteers each season.


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

Summer 2024 Discovery Docent Schedule

June 29–August 16

Docents choose one shift:

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

First Discoveries (toddler program)

  • Wednesdays: July 10–August 14
  • Fridays: July 12–August 16

Family Discovery Weekends (all ages)

*June 29—docent training for Saturday and Sunday

  • Saturdays: July 13–August 10
  • Sundays: July 14–August 11

Download Program Flyer (PDF)

Image, top of page: Michael Stewart