Docent Resources

MECOB docents are priceless because they provide an invaluable service to help us educate, enlighten, and entertain our visitors of all ages from the WNY community and beyond. To provide docent enrichment experiences, MECOB runs a yearly docent workshop in the spring and a docent trip in the fall.  More resources are listed below.

National Docents Symposium Council logo, which includes an intricate design with points and circles to the left, and the words "National Docents Symposium Council" to the right.

The mission of the National Docent Symposium Council is to promote continuous improvement in docent practice by facilitating communication and collaborative interaction among U.S. and Canadian volunteer docent/guides. This is accomplished through biennial symposia, sales of The Docent Handbook and with their interactive website.

Logo, with a graphic to the left that includes a cobalt-blue shape of New York State overlaying a black scare. Inside this image is the URL "" On the right there is cobalt text reading New York State Education Department, and underneath in orange font are the words "Knowledge, Skill, Opportunity" separated by blue arrows.

The New York State Education Department is responsible for setting student learning expectations (standards) for what all students should know and be able to do as a result of skilled instruction. Each local school district develops curricula based on these established standards.

The American Alliance of Museums’ mission is to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with our members and allies.

From art museums to science centers, arboretums to zoos, members of the diverse museum community share something in common—strong support, standards of excellence, knowledge sharing, and professional networks provided by the American Alliance of Museums.

Since 1906 the Alliance has been a leader in developing best practices and advocating for museums, as well as providing a host of opportunities to museum staff and volunteers. More than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners benefit from the work of the Alliance.  Visit their website for additional information.

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