Love Art History and Wilton Scenery? Become a Weir Farm Docent

Do you have a passion for art, history, or art history? Are you interested in learning about and sharing the stories of influential American artists? Become a Studio Docent and introduce visitors from around the world to the creative workspaces of American masters – the Weir and Young Studios at Weir Farm National Historic Site.

Spring is around the corner, and Weir Farm National Historic Site is seeking friendly, reliable volunteers to staff the Weir and Young Studios for the upcoming season. Studio Docents provide orientation, information, and high-quality interpretation to all park visitors through the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program, and become part of an exceptional team of fun and energetic park volunteers. As a VIP at Weir Farm National Historic Site, you will receive training and participate in a variety of enrichment opportunities, including a fun and interactive training session with park staff in late March 2015, behind-the-scenes talks, and educational field trips. The park currently offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that include staffing the Weir and Young Studios, assisting with youth and education programs, preserving natural resources as part of our Garden Gang, and assisting with special events.

If you have an interest in becoming a VIP at Weir Farm National Historic Site, apply now to make sure you don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity and upcoming training session. For more information about all of Weir Farm National Historic Site’s volunteer opportunities, please click here or contact park ranger Kristin Lessard at 203.834.1896, ext. 11. Be part of the Weir Farm National Historic Site story; apply today!

Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art.