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Explore Buffalo to offer docent training classes

Dec 28, 2015 | Events

Explore Buffalo, offering tours of Buffalo’s most unique architecture and attractions, will host 2016 docent training classes from Feb. 13 through April 30.

What do Explore Buffalo docents do? Volunteer docents lead all of Explore Buffalo’s walking tours, including regularly scheduled and private group tours for the general public and school tours for thousands of students from elementary to high school. With hundreds of tours given each year, there are many opportunities to participate!

Why become a docent for Explore Buffalo?
Being a docent for Explore Buffalo is fun! What could be more thrilling than showing people from around the world Buffalo’s incredible architecture and history? Explore Buffalo is a docent-run organization with a board of directors composed of active docents and volunteers, so your efforts will be supported and appreciated. Being a docent is also a great way to meet new people within Explore Buffalo or among our many community partners. Explore Buffalo organizes regular social events for docents and volunteers.

Who can become a docent for Explore Buffalo?
Anyone can become a docent! All that’s required is an interest in and passion for Buffalo’s history and architecture. You are supplied with thorough background information and reading materials, not a script to be memorized. Explore Buffalo encourage you to develop your knowledge of Buffalo and your unique voice as a storyteller conveying the growing and changing story of our city.

Classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 13 and running through April 30. There will be no class on Saturday, March 26. Classroom sessions will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle. Field sessions for specific tour training will take place at various downtown locations.

Please visit explorebuffalo.org for a docent application. After reviewing your application, Explore Buffalo will contact you by phone to discuss the program and your interests in Buffalo architecture, history and more. Explore Buffalo will notify all applicants regarding acceptance into the 2016 Docent Training Program via email. Upon acceptance, a course fee of $75 will be required from participants by Jan. 31, 2016. This course fee covers the cost of printing and other materials for the course.

For more information, please contact Brad Hahn at br**@ex************.org or (716) 245-3032.

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