Whitney Docent Program
The Whitney Lab has a great Volunteer Program, and we could have just the opportunity you’ve been looking for!
Whitney Laboratory docents are enthusiastic volunteers dedicated to promoting an understanding of science among school children. Docents come from all walks of life and levels of experience and need not have a science or marine-related background. Docents are used to help increase the number of children reached through education programs far beyond what would otherwise be possible with the very limited staff within the education department.
The Perks of Being a Whitney Docent:
Because training is time-consuming and expensive, it is our hope that new members will stay with the program for at least two years.
Docents are placed in one of two programs – the Day at Whitney or the Traveling Zoo program.
The Day at the Whitney Lab program is geared toward 4th-6th grade students and offers an opportunity for children to practice being a “Scientist for the Day”. Students learn about some of the marine invertebrate animals used in research, conduct their own snail experiment, study the marine fouling community under the microscopes, and discover the plankton that inhabits local waters! Docents usually volunteer from 9am – 1pm (exact time frame varies by program).
Learn more and see photos of a typical Day at the Whitney Lab
The Traveling Zoo is designed for students in grades K through 3. Docents transport small marine animals to schools and present programs that permit the youngsters to see, touch, and learn about local marine life. The children’s enthusiasm and curiosity keep Whitney Docents on their toes and keep them involved in the program for years and years! Docents usually volunteer from 7:30am – 1:00pm (exact time frame varies by program).
Are you interested?