A docent talking to a child. The child is pointing at a painting.

Museum programs are brought to you by museum educators and members of the Fairbanks community, who volunteer to teach school children, guide tours, and help during special events.

Nurture your passion for science, history, culture, and art. Volunteer with us to share the joys of discovery and curiosity.

"I enjoy guiding the kids to learn new things and think in new ways in the museum, and the best part is how excited they are when they reach those new discoveries." -Heidi Hatcher, Docent


A docent standing in front of a whiteboard.

Volunteer docents work with a team to guide K-6th grade students on Directed Discovery field trips. Docents commit 3 hours, 1 day per week for a full semester. Training prepares you to use exhibits and hands-on objects to share science, culture and art with students. Docents gain experience in education and interpretation and learn about Alaska's natural and cultural history. Credit available for UAF students.

Docent training occurs in September and January. For more information, email UA-museumlearn@alaska.edu.


A volunteer talking to a group of children in the museum lobby.

Event volunteers work with museum educators during Family Days and other special events. They help visitors connect with collections and participate in hands-on activities about science, history, culture and art. No experience is necessary. If you are interested in education outreach, join our events volunteer crew!

For more information, email UA-museumlearn@alaska.edu.