Interested in Becoming a Forest Lawn Docent?

Interested in Becoming a Forest Lawn Docent?


January 19, 2020


For nearly 25 years, Forest Lawn has offered award-winning trolley and walking tours of our grounds.  One of the things that make Forest Lawn tours so special and so popular is the fact that they are led by our amazing docents. And as our tour program continues to grow, we are looking for new docents to join our team.

What does a Forest Lawn docent do?
Forest Lawn docents lead all the tours within our gates, which are generally presented annually from May through October. These include trolley and walking tours scheduled for the general public, as well as private group tours for a wide range of organizations from elementary and high school students to senior citizens clubs.

Who can be a Forest Lawn docent?
Anyone can become a Forest Lawn docent. If you’re over 18, have an interest in Forest Lawn and/or the history of Buffalo and are a good storyteller, you’ve met the basic “requirements.” You don’t need to be particularly knowledgeable about Forest Lawn or Buffalo history. We’ll provide you with the education, information and resources you’ll need to soon be able to tell the stories of Forest Lawn.
Important note: Because many of our tours are walking tours, a Forest Lawn docent needs to be physically able to walk our grounds for periods of time between one to two hours.

Why be a docent?
Being a Forest Lawn docent is a real “win-win.” It’s a great way to give back to our community by supporting one of WNY’s leading non-profit, cultural organizations, while educating, enlightening and entertaining people of all ages. And it’s a great way to enrich yourself by making new friends, cultivating your interests, and even getting some exercise!

How can you become a Forest Lawn docent?
Forest Lawn is now accepting applications for our 2020 Docent Training Program. Here’s a snapshot:
• Eight-week course
• Sessions take place on Saturdays from 9:00 am – Noon
• Course timing: March 28 – May 30. (No sessions on April 11 or May 23)
• Sessions are held In Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center at 1900 Main St., directly across from Canisius College. (There’s plenty of free parking in the Wendt Center parking lot)
• Docent training course fee: $25
• Application deadline: March 1, 2020
• Spaces are limited, so act now
Please note that attendance in this course is essential to becoming a Forest Lawn docent. Applicants to the program who believe they may miss more than one session for any reason should consider other volunteer opportunities with Forest Lawn. 

If you have questions or would like additional information, join us for:
Forest Lawn Docent Information Session

Saturday, February 1 or February 22 
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center
(1900 Main St., across from Canisius College)

Or contact us via email at
If you’d like to submit an application now, you can do so by clicking HERE