Become A UNH Marine Docent
Informational Meeting Thursday, Aug.
Contact: Kirsten Weir
NH Sea Grant
July 22, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. -- – Are you interested in learning more about
the marine environment? Looking for a way to give back to the community?
Do both by becoming a University of New Hampshire marine docent.
The Marine Docent program, now in its 27th year, is a network of
more than 150 volunteers who educate the community about coastal
resources. Docents work with 15,000 people each year, leading Sea
Trek educational programs in schools and throughout the community,
teaching about marine exploration at sea aboard a UNH research vessel,
and volunteering at the Seacoast Science Center and the Great Bay
Estuarine Research Reserve’s Sandy Point Discovery Center.
To prepare for their role as educators, marine docents are trained
in local history and science by UNH faculty, extension educators
and other experts in the marine field. Training takes place both
inside the classroom and out, with a variety of fun field trips
to sites around the Seacoast. The five-month training program begins
in September, with courses held Tuesday and Thursday mornings. To
learn more about becoming a marine docent, please attend an informational
meeting Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be
held at the NH Sea Grant office at Kingman Farm on Route 155 in
No prior experience is required to become a marine docent. Ideal
candidates possess a keen interest in the marine environment, a
sense of stewardship for the marine world, and a desire to share
their knowledge with children and adults in the community.
The Marine Docent Program is sponsored by NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative
Extension. For more information or directions to Kingman Farm, please
contact Mark Wiley or Barbara Pinto-Maurer (phone: 603-749-1565;