New Docent Training

Bohemia Ecological Preserve


March 2nd & March 9th *

This training takes place on two consecutive Saturdays: March 2, March 9.  

*To complete the training, you must participate in both days.

March 2  10:00am - 3:00pm

March 9  10:00am - 3:00pm

Registration required.



Join our two-weekend training to become a docent at the spectacular Bohemia Ecological Preserve, located near the town of Occidental.  This 1,000 acre preserve is currently only open through guided outings and stewardship volunteer work days. As a docent, you can help to share the experience with others (and you also get to explore the preserve on your own!)


By participating in this training, you will:

  • Learn tips and tricks for leading a succesful hike
  • Become intimately familiar with this amazing land
  • Have the opportunitiy to design your own outings throughout the year

Perks of becoming a docent:

  • Gain the satisfaction of helping people connect with nature in a new way.
  • Earn extra access to this preserve that is currently open only through guided outings.


Please read the details below before registering.


How to become a Hike Docent Volunteer

Following are the steps that must be followed in order to become a volunteer Hike Docent.

  1. Sign up for the training by registering below on the LandPaths website.
  2. Fill out an application form (to be sent to you after you register)
  3. Attend two onsite training sessions (March 2, March 9)
  4. Complete the Agreement Form / Liability Waiver (to be sent to you after you register or at training)
  5. Apprentice on at least one (1) staff led hikes at the preserve
  6. Over the course of the year, attend 4 enrichment workshops

Volunteer Ability

  • Docents should be able to walk or hike at least 5 miles on moderately hilly terrain.
  • Docents should be comfortable presenting to small groups.

Requirements of Volunteers

  • Docents must be 18 years or older.
  • Docents must be 1st aid/CPR certified.


  • Hike Docents must commit to the Hike Docent Program for at least one year.
  • Hike Docents must commit to leading a minimum of 6 guided hikes at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve each year.
  • Hike Docents will submit a Field Report following each guided hike within 24 hours.
  • Leading a Bohemia Ecological Preserve hike takes approximately 4 hours.


  • Participation in the first two orientation trainings is free of charge.
  • Participation in subsequent enrichment courses will cost approximately $25 for each course. Scholarships are available for the enrichment courses.
  • 1st Aid / CPR training will be paid for by the volunteer.


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