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)
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.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-905-0054,
to learn more or sign up!