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Magellanic penguins are named after Ferdinand Magellan who first discovered them in 1519.
Potter Park Zoo congratulates the 24 members of the 2014 docent class as they set out on their mission of educating zoo visitors on wildlife conservation.
“Education and conservation are top priorities for Potter Park Zoo. Our docent volunteers are essential in achieving our mission to teach visitors about the natural world,” said Sherrie Graham, Potter Park Zoo Executive Director. “They make a difference every day and we thank them.”
The ceremony will be held Saturday, April 5. Graduates will first conduct some final educational and training business before graduating from the docent program. The docent graduation is a combination of their final exam and a celebration of their efforts and accomplishments. After this, all 24 graduates will be ready to perform the full duties of a Potter Park Zoo docent.
Docents are friendly, knowledgeable volunteer men and women who conduct the various educational programs at the zoo and in the community. Docents lead wildlife education tours and programs for school groups, weekly Zookambi summer camps, sleepovers at the zoo and much more. Each docent undergoes approximately 50 hours of training over a 9 week period.
Docents must be at least 18 years of age, complete the docent training course and have a passion for wildlife conservation. For more information on becoming a docent, visit www.potterparkzoo.org/get-involved/docents.