Docent Program

"What a FABULOUS job your docents did! I can't say enough about how 
impressed we were with their talents!"  -Sarasota Elementary School Teacher

Our Docent Program partnership with Riverview High School, Sarasota High School, Pine View School, NewGate School and Out Of Door Academy continues to be the jewel in our crown with more than 150 students participating. Under the guidance of Riverview faculty advisor Dena Sturm, local high school students serve as guides for thousands of area elementary, middle and high school students who visit the exhibit every year—inspiring the younger students to more fully comprehend the messages delivered through the art and quotes. These dynamic student docents make a profound impact on the young people who visit the exhibit. With their guided questions and planted seeds of inquiry, docents help younger students arrive at realizations of their own about diversity and acceptance. Student docent tours were provided to 6,495 K-8 children visiting the exhibit in 2018.

Requesting a Docent Scheduling your student docent is quick and easy. Just click “YES” to the “Would you like to have a student docent?” question when registering for your free fieldtrip.

Availability Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, January 21 through April 3, 2020 (excluding Sarasota County Spring Break, March 12 - 20). If your trip is scheduled after that date, please contact Dena Sturm to determine the possibility of making an exception. 

Make-A-Day Of It! Participants If you are participating in the Make-A-Day Of It! Program, you must have a student docent for the exhibit (exception - if your Make-A-Day! partner activity is only available on a Monday or Thursday). See below for additional details. 

Docent Program Short Video


Special thanks to The Ringling Musuem of Art for providing a comprehensive, full-day docent training for our high school students. This in-depth workshop has greatly enhanced the program and prepared our students to be leaders and educators at the exhibit.

More Information

For more information about the Docent Program, please contact:

Dena Sturm, Docent Coordinator
Riverview High School IB Program
941-923-1484  x64138
EMAIL