Become a Guide

Patriot Plaza Guides are dedicated individuals who lead tours at Patriot Plaza to explain about Sarasota National Cemetery, Patriot Plaza, and the large public art installation.

Guides (Docents) will lead tours at the Patriot Plaza for school field trips, the public, and will be able to answer questions as needed at events and other times.

To be considered for the Program, individuals must:

  • Be capable of providing tours a minimum of 8 out of 12 months each year to diverse audiences, including students
  • Demonstrate solid public speaking skills
  • Be a Sarasota National Cemetery volunteer or willing to become one
  • Have an active e-mail account (for communication and scheduling)
  • Be physically capable of leading tours and working events at the Plaza; stand and walk for extended periods of time outdoors
  • Be able to serve a term of service that is at least two years and provide a minimum of 10 tours per year

To be considered for the Patriot Plaza Guide Training Program, one must successfully complete the entire online application and screening process.

Once materials are carefully reviewed, candidates will receive notification and more detailed information regarding the next steps.

Training Schedule

Guide Candidates can expect to participate in at least 10 hours of training with the Arts and Cultural Alliance. Candidates should also plan to spend additional time in self-study, reading and homework outside of the regular training sessions. Guide Candidates will also be expected to attend General Meetings held for Guides during the year by the Arts and Cultural Alliance. Additional training sessions will be scheduled as needed.

Attendance is required at the training sessions. If you have a schedule conflict, contact Lindsey B. Mintz, Patriot Plaza Tour Coordinator at

Costs and Course Material Expenses
There is no fee to enroll in the Guide Training Program. Your support of the Patriot Plaza through your donation of time and talent is greatly appreciated!