Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Docent and Greeter training begins July 12

This summer, CBMM offers a training program that will prepare volunteers to work with the public, either as greeters welcoming guests to CBMM or as interpreters. Participants will learn the content and skills necessary to lead group tours with adults and children. Anyone who enjoys interacting with people, has a curiosity about the Chesapeake Bay, is comfortable and excited about public speaking, and is interested in promoting the Bay’s cultural heritage is encouraged to participate.

Sessions take place from 10am–12:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 12 to Aug. 16. This training program, led by CBMM’s Education team, covers topics ranging from CBMM and Chesapeake history, to group management and interpretive skills.

“Our docent and greeter training program helps volunteers to develop a deeper connection to the Chesapeake Bay and prepares them to share their knowledge with others,” said Allison Speight, Volunteer & Education Program Manager. “Upon completion of the program, docents and greeters serve a significant role at CBMM in ensuring a positive, memorable experience for guests.”

CBMM docents and other volunteers provide invaluable support to CBMM in its mission to preserve and explore the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay. Duties can include greeting or guiding museum visitors and providing a memorable and positive visit, staffing individual exhibitions and leading demonstrations, classes, and special events as needed, and promoting the museum and its mission to others.

Participants must be current CBMM volunteers to attend training — new applicants are encouraged. Registration is required by contacting CBMM Volunteer & Education Programs Manager Allison Speight at [email protected] or 410-745-4941.

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