New Docent Training
Lafferty Ranch 
October 28th & 29th* 
*To complete the training, you must participate in both days.


Join our two-day training to become a LandPaths' Docent at the spectacular Lafferty Ranch, located in the beautiful town of Petaluma. This 270 acre preserve is currently only open through guided outings and stewardship volunteer work days. Docents are critical to increasing access to Lafferty Ranch through creative and inspiring outings on the land, plus you'll get to explore the preserve on your own as an added perk! October 28th will be from 9am to 12pm and the 29th will be 10am to 4pm. More information will be sent out closer to the training date. 
By participating in this training, you will:
  • learn tips and tricks for leading a successful outing
  • become familiar with this amazing LandPaths' open space preserve. 
  • have the opportunitiy to design your own Outings throughout the year.
Perks of becoming a docent:
  • Gain the satisfaction of helping people connect with nature in a new way
  • Earn extra access to this preserve that is currently open only through guided outings
Please read the details below before registering.
Steps to Becoming a Lafferty Docent with LandPaths 
  1. Fill out this application form: Docent Program Application 
  2. Attend two onsite training sessions (October 28th and 29th)
  3. Complete the Agreement Form / Liability Waiver 
  4. Apprentice on at least one (1) staff led Outing at the preserve
  5. Commit to one year 
Ideally, Lafferty volunteer docents should be able to: 
  • walk or hike at least 5 miles on moderately hilly terrain.
  • present to small groups comfortably. 
Requirements to be a volunteer docent
  • 18 years or older
  • First aid/CPR certified
  • Participate in the Docent Program for at least one year
  • Lead a minimum of 4 guided Outings at Lafferty Ranch each year
  • Provide a Field Report following each guided Outing within 24 hours
  • Leading a Lafferty Ranch Outing takes approximately 3 hours
  • Participation in the first two orientation trainings is free of charge.
  • Participation in subsequent enrichment outings may have a cost or suggested donation of approximately $10-$40. Scholarships are available.
  • 1st Aid/CPR training will be paid for by the volunteer (around $40) but we can help guide you to where these can be completed. Scholarships are available.