Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people from Santa Barbara, all of California, across the U.S., and around the world?
Do you want to share your love and knowledge of our harbor and coast with visitors?
Do you have at least three hours a week to volunteer?
If you answered yes to all three questions, consider becoming a docent at the Santa Barbara Maritime
Museum (SBMM). The first session of the new docent class beginning on Saturday, January 14 from
9:00-10:30 a.m. is an introduction to the museum’s docent program and how to interpret exhibits. The
public is invited to attend the first class to decide if they want to continue and become docents at the
Docents study and learn about the native Chumash people, commercial diving and fishing milestones,
the museum’s flagship Ranger, the Channel’s military history, and Santa Barbara as the birthplace of the
environmental movement. They also maintain and explain exhibits and assist with special events,
exhibit openings, art receptions, and community festivals.
According to Guest Services Manager Jesse Baker-Lorelli, “Docents also enjoy the social environment of
the Museum, make new friends, and gain a feeling of fulfillment.” Confirming his comment, docent
Diane Kirchner said, “I have to admit that I love being in the museum. I learn something new every day,
and it’s fun to share tidbits with our guests. They are always so appreciative.”
For more information about how to volunteer and become a docent, contact Jesse Baker-Lorelli, Guest
Services Manager, at email@example.com or 805 456-8748.
SBMM is located at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.