We are not accepting Docent Applications at this time.


What is a Docent?

The word "docent" is derived from the Latin word meaning "to teach". Becoming a Docent is a great way to share your knowledge of and passion for wildlife and conservation. Oakland Zoo's Docent Council was founded in December 1973 by the Education Committee of the East Bay Botanical and Zoological Society. The first Docent class graduated in 1974, and today we have 120 Docents who collectively donated over 12,000 hours of public service last year!

Docents play an essential role at the Oakland Zoo through their interactions with guests, inspiring curiosity and discovery. These interactions are one of the primary ways the Zoo achieves its mission: Oakland Zoo deepens connection with animals, saves wildlife, and inspires champions for the natural world.

If you have questions about the Docent Training Program, please send an email to Lisa O’Dwyer, Director of Volunteer Services.