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Maritime museum offers docent training

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering docent volunteer training beginning Feb. 7 and continuing Thursdays and Fridays through March 1.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum volunteer docent Joe Irr pulls an oyster cage from Fogg’s Cove in St. Michaels during a museum tour.

This specialized training program takes place at the museum’s campus and is free and open to the public, with advanced registration needed.

Offered once a year, the program prepares participants to lead museum group tours, interpret the museum’s exhibits, and assist at special events. Anyone who enjoys interacting with people, has a curiosity about the Chesapeake Bay, wants to join an active corps of 200-plus volunteers, and would like to help promote the Bay’s cultural heritage is encouraged to participate in the training.

Sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium on Feb. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28 and March 1. No prior experience is necessary, with attendance at each session of the training mandatory to graduate from the docent training program.

“Our visitors especially appreciate our docents who share the Chesapeake’s stories in engaging and meaningful ways,” museum director of events and volunteer program Melissa Spielman said. “And our docent volunteers get as much out of the experience as our visitors do.”

Space in the training program is limited, with advanced registration needed. To enroll or to receive more information, contact Spielman at (410) 745-4956 or