Guiding is one of the most important activities offered to the community by the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens. In fact, volunteer guiding in the Gardens was the reason the Friends came to exist in Geelong in 1985!
The Guides are an active group of trained volunteers who introduce the Gardens to visitors. They have the pleasure of meeting with local, interstate and overseas visitors while telling many interesting stories about the Gardens and its history. Read more about the activities of the Guides - Walks, Talks and the Gardens
Guides may also assist with the School Holiday Programs and the Education Program at the Geelong Botanic Gardens
Have you ever thought that you might like to become a Volunteer Guide with the Friends at the Gardens? Not sure what it involves or whether you would enjoy it?
New Guide training is conducted regularly in small groups and continues at monthly business and training meetings.
Meetings and plant discussions are held on the third Monday of each month, supported by additional study sessions and occasional outings.
If you would like to learn about the Gardens and to help visitors enjoy them, please contact the Friends’ Office.
Australasian Conference of Volunteer Guides in Botanic Gardens
Our guides regularly meet with other guides from botanic gardens from all over Australasia. The last Australasian conference was held in Sydney in 2015. Five of our Geelong Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides attended, benefiting not only from the conference sessions, but also from the opportunity to exchange ideas informally with other botanic gardens guides.
In 2017, the biennial conference of Volunteer Guides from Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens will be held at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, from Sunday 15 October - Thursday 19 October.
For more information: www.friendsanbg.org.au/guides-conference-2017
The theme of the conference is 'Informed Guiding – Discovering the mystery and magic of our Gardens' and the Friends Committee will offer support for members to attend as part of the Friends Professional Development Policy.