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Museum Docent and Trail Guide Programs

Thank you for your interest in teaching visitors about the Preserve, Lake Apopka, and being good stewards of the environment.  We hope you will enjoy being a part of our mission and educating visitors about this small piece of natural Florida.

You do not have to be a Master Naturalist or scientist to be a great tour guide, museum docent, environmental interpreter or greeter.  If you enjoy the outdoors and talking with people, and have an outgoing and friendly demeanor we welcome you to consider joining our program.

There are several topics to learn about, each with varying levels of involvement and information, so whether you are interested in becoming an expert tour guide or simply greeting visitors with trail maps and brochures, we have something for everyone.  You can choose which topic(s) you wish to learn about, including:

  • History of Oakland Nature Preserve
  • Education Center and Museum
  • Early Pioneer Living (including garden, outhouse, and washing equipment)
  • Lake Apopka (including Tom’s Fish Cabin)
  • Restoration and native plants and animals (including ONP program wildlife)

Requirements

  • At least 18 years old (or signed parental consent form)
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Friendly and outgoing demeanor
  • Comfortable standing for long periods or walking 1 to 4 miles in a day
  • Desire to learn about Florida’s ecosystems, plants, animals and the history of the Preserve
  • Desire to become proficient in material for at least 2 tours
  • Minimum 6-month commitment and 4-weeks’ notice
  • Minimum of 1  Saturday or Sunday per month
  • Minimum of 4 hours per day
  • Attire must be comfortable and weather-appropriate, close-toed shoes; bring your own sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, water and food.

Join us April 28th at 1:00 pm for an informational meeting regarding our volunteer programs. You can also email us at outreach@oaklandnaturepreserve.org or call 407-905-0054.