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South Fork Preserve Docent Program

This image shows Putah Creek flowing through the South Fork Preserve.*Sign up to attend South Fork Preserve docent-led events on our Events Calendar*

Putah Creek Council manages a volunteer Docent program for the South Fork Preserve, a City of Davis Open Space site along Putah Creek at Mace Blvd. This site offers quiet creek vistas, meandering creekside trails, and diverse habitat types for visitors to explore. 

Volunteer Docents are recruited and trained twice throughout the year. Public programs are offered in two four-month series each year, during which at least one event is held per month. 

This table shows the progression of public programs, training, and recruitment periods throughout a calendar year.

What's a Docent?
A docent is a trained guide who conducts tours, leads guided walks, or otherwise helps the public understand the park's resources and opportunities. Docents are volunteers who donate their time and skills toward improving visitors' experience and enjoyment of the South Fork Preserve. 

What is expected of South Fork Preserve Docents?
Docents commit to assisting with three events per year at the South Fork Preserve. At the start of their Docent service, new members attend a series of training events and complete a background check. Continuing Docents are encouraged to attend training events to help refresh knowledge as they lead interpretive events. Docents must be eager to learn and eager to share their knowledge, and willing to abide by City of Davis policies.

If you are interested in joining as a Docent, we invite you to attend an upcoming Info Session! Visit our calendar to find the next info session & training dates. Please email Karin Young (karin AT for more information.