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Sam Noble museum in Norman seeks docent applicants

Anyone interested in serving as a docent at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman should sign up for training.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 9, 2014

Interested in learning and teaching others about dinosaurs, dragonflies or how to make a canoe? Applications are available for adults interested in docent training for three gallery areas of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

“Docents are voices of inspiration,” museum volunteer coordinator Genevieve Wagner said. “They connect with our visitors, lighting little sparks of curiosity and encouraging visitors to learn more about the world around them and our rich natural history.”

Prospective docents will attend four training sessions on Sept. 6, 20, 27 and Oct. 11. The session time is determined by the gallery of choice.

The Hall of Ancient Life, a lifelike walk-through of more than 300 million years of Oklahoma’s history, will provide training sessions from 10 a.m. to noon. The Hall of the People of Oklahoma, tracing the 30,000-year history of the native people of the state, will provide training sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. The Hall of Natural Wonders, featuring Oklahoma’s diverse natural wildlife and landscape, will provide training sessions from 3 to 5 p.m.

Docent trainees learn hands-on interpretation basics, attend gallery lectures and gallery walk-throughs with curators and collection managers, and shadow docent mentors.

Once training is complete, volunteers are asked to provide at least one 3.5-hour shift a month.

Applications can be completed online at To request an application, contact the volunteer office at 325-1652 or by email at

Deadline for submission is Aug. 29.

The museum is on the University of Oklahoma campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue.