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Hang out in the museum with fellow docents!

Represent the museum at public events!

Learn to prepare specimens for the museum collection!

Restore and create taxidermy!

Catalog museum specimens!

Practice museum techniques, like pinning butterflies!

Museum Docent Program

Our Docent Program gives University of Puget Sound students the unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in a natural history museum collection. Students from all areas of study can try their hands at collections management techniques, pursue specimen-based research, create museum exhibits, use museum specimens to make SciArt, and even learn taxidermy!

If you're interested in being a museum docent or simply want to know more about other ways to get involved with the museum collection, email us at Our first Docent Meeting of the 2022-2023 Academic Year is scheduled for September 13 (5-6PM) in the museum. Drop by if you're interested in being a docent!

What does being a Docent look like?

We ask that docents volunteer 1 hour in the museum per week as well as attend out weekly docent meetings (Tuesdays, 5-6 PM) in the museum to learn & discuss museum practices. Because the Docent Program is 100% volunteer, we understand if your schedule gets busy and you can't attend your volunteer hours every week.

We also require all docents to attend our Docent Bootcamp at the beginning of the year to meet other docents and get fully trained on working in the museum. This year's Docent Bootcamp will take place on September 24th, 9 AM - 3 PM.

Can I get credit for my time as a docent?
Yes! You can enroll in BIOL 205 - Natural History Museum Docent to receive course credit for your time as a docent.