Become a Volunteer Docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum


 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum pic

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Real estate investor Lew McGinnis owns a real estate investment firm in Nichols Hill, Oklahoma. A longtime community service leader and foundation board member, Lew McGinnis formerly served as the director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation.

Ranked as one of the top 10 museums in the country by TripAdvisor, the 98-acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is home to a zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, and natural history museum. It relies on the support of volunteer docents, who engage visitors in the experience and help them appreciate the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. In addition to leading tours, docents support museum special events and conduct live animal interpretations.

To become a docent, volunteers, who must be members of the museum, are required to complete a training course and commit to a minimum of two years. Participants in the training course attend two four-hour classes per week for 15 weeks, learning about topics ranging from the history of the museum to ecology and geology. At the end of the course, graduates receive diplomas at a special graduation ceremony and are welcomed to the museum family.

To learn more about becoming a docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, visit


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