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Educational docent training taking place at Riverside Discovery Center

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A new group of educational zoo docents were trained at the riverside discovery center today.
Zoo docents are volunteers that help out with a number of educational and community programs at the zoo.

Riverside Discovery Center's Education Curator, Kim Miedema, says the docents are a 'jack-of-all-trade.'

"They help in a number of different ways. They help me with my educational programs, traveling to schools, community events, teaching the public about animals, special events, they also do educational stations throughout the zoo in the summer time, so they do a lot of different things."

Miedema says zoo docents should be over the age of 18 and willing to serve at least 25 hours of volunteer time per year.

Other than that, she says there is no "ideal" candidate for a docent.
"That's the great thing about having docents help with so many educational programs, any one can be a docent and them everyone comes with their own strengths and lend so much of their own personality to the zoo and the programs and that's what's so great. Basically, it just needs to be someone with a passion for wildlife and isn't afraid to talk to people."
Anyone interested in becoming an educational docent can contact Miedema at the Riverside Discovery Center (308) 630-6236.


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