New recruits to deliver guided walks in Kings Park

Delivery of guided walks in Kings Park received a welcome boost this month as 22 people successfully completed a rigorous training program to join the Kings Park Volunteer Guides.

The enthusiastic group committed one day per week over three months to learn about Western Australia’s unique native plants, animals, fungi, and soils. They also heard stories of the special connections people have to Kings Park and its role in conservation.

Experienced Guides provided mentoring in guiding skills and will continue to support the new recruits over their coming three-month probationary period. As a thank you to mentors the group created and performed a song at their graduation event.

Reflections from Cathy (far left) and Helen (far right) on their journey as trainee guides…

“We initially grappled with doubts about our capacity to absorb a vast array of information. However, we soon realised that perfection was not the goal; rather, it was about embracing a spirit of continuous learning and sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors.

Our experience was enhanced by the supportive environment created by a 2-to-1 trainee to mentor ratio. Our mentors, not only knowledgeable but also empathetic and encouraging, provided invaluable guidance as we navigated the complexities of our role. Their unwavering support and excellent modelling motivated us to deliver engaging talks effectively.

The diverse training we received deepened our appreciation for the interconnectedness of nature and human history within the park. Armed with this newfound knowledge and bolstered by a nurturing community, we feel empowered to embark on this endeavour with enthusiasm and confidence.”

Visitors can expect to meet probationary Guides on free guided walks held 10.00 am and 1.00 pm daily. Click here for more information on these and other guided walks provided by the Kings Park Volunteer Guides.

If you are interested in becoming a Guide in future, click here for more information and contact details.

Photos by Geoff Chidlow