Course Outline for 2019 Docent Training Class

Classes meet 8:00-12:00, unless noted in blue — which are full day sessions

Monday, August 26
Introduction — Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum History & Mission
Tuesday, August 27
AZA and Conservation Messages
Wednesday, August 28
Interpretation
Thursday, August 29
Applying Interpretive Principles
Tuesday, September 3
Ecological Concepts
Thursday, September 5
Sonoran Desert Region
Tuesday, September 10
Sonora Desert Region Interpretation
Thursday, September 12
Botany — Plant Adaptations & Identification
Tuesday, September 17
Botany — Cacti & Succulents
Thursday, September 19
Botany — Invasive Species & Plant Interpretation
Tuesday, September 24
Minerals & Geologic History of the Sonoran Desert (full day session)
Thursday, September 26
Climate Change & Water Issues (full day session)
Tuesday, October 1
Water Story — Riparian Habitats (full day session)
Thursday, October 3
Sea of Cortez, Aquarium & Stingray Interpretation
Tuesday, October 8
Invertebrates — Arthropod Overview
Thursday, October 10
Invertebrate Interpretation
Tuesday, October 15
Pollination Ecology & Arthropod Science at ASDM
Thursday, October 17
Mid Term Exam
Tuesday, October 22
Amphibians & Reptiles: Frogs, Toads, & Turtles
Thursday, October 24
Reptiles — Lizards
Tuesday, October 29
Reptiles — Snakes
Thursday, October 31
Bird Overview
Tuesday, November 5
Bird Natural History
Thursday, November 7
Bird Walk & Bird Identification
Tuesday, November 12
Mammals — Animal Habitats
Thursday, November 14
Animal Enrichment & Keepers
Tuesday, November 19
Mammals — Skull Lab & Interpretation
Thursday, November 21
Mammals — Bats & Interpretation
Tuesday, November 26
Tours & Interpretation
Thursday, November 28
Thanksgiving, no class
Tuesday, December 3
Interpreting People
Thursday, December 5
Tohono O’odham History & Culture (field trip — full day session)
Tuesday, December 10
Customer Service & Interpretive Presentations (full day session)
Thursday, December 12
Final Exam
January 6, 7, 9
Policy & Procedure Review
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Docent Graduation Ceremony & Brunch—10:00am (Baldwin Education Building)