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Course Outline for 2019 Docent Training Class

Classes meet 8:00-12:00, unless noted in red — 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
Interpretive Concepts
Thursday, August 29
Interpretive Techniques and Customer Relations
Tuesday, September 3
Sonoran Desert Region
Thursday, September 5
Sonora Desert Region Interpretation
Tuesday, September 10
Botany — Plant Adaptations & Identification
Thursday, September 12
Botany — Cacti & Succulents
Tuesday, September 17
Botany — Invasive Species & Interpretation
Thursday, September 19
Minerals & Geologic History of the Sonoran Desert (8:00-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm)
Tuesday, September 24
Climate Change & Water Issues (8:00-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm)
Thursday, September 26
Water Story — Riparian Habitats (8:00-12:00pm & 12:30-3:00pm)
Tuesday, October 1
Sea of Cortez, Aquarium & Stingray Interpretation
Thursday, October 3
Invertebrates — Arthropod Overview
Tuesday, October 8
Invertebrates — Insect Natural History
Thursday, October 10
Ecological Concepts & Pollination Ecology
Tuesday, October 15
Amphibians — Frogs, Toads, & Salamanders; Reptiles Overview, Turtles
Thursday, October 17
Reptiles — Lizards & Snakes (8:00-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm)
Tuesday, October 22
Mid-term Exam
Thursday, October 24
Bird Overview
Tuesday, October 29
Bird Natural History
Thursday, October 31
Bird Walk & Bird Identification
Tuesday, November 5
Mammals - Animal Habitats
Thursday, November 7
Animal Enrichment & Keepers
Tuesday, November 12
Mammals-Skull Lab & Interpretation
Thursday, November 14
Mammals-Bats & Interpretation
Tuesday, November 19
Tours & Interpretation
Thursday, November 21
Thanksgiving, no class
Tuesday, November 26
Interpreting to Diverse Audiences
Thursday, November 28
Tours & Interpretation
Tuesday, December 3
Tohono O’odham History & Culture (field trip — 8:00-4:00pm)
Thursday, December 5
Interpretive Presentations & Tours
Tuesday, December 10
Interpretive Presentations & Tours
Thursday, December 12
Final Exam
January 6, 7, 9, 2020
Policy & Procedure Review
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Docent Graduation Ceremony & Brunch — 10:00am (Baldwin Education Building)
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