Volunteer Opportunities: Docent Program
2015 Docent Training
The Arboretum is excited to welcome our docents, new and experienced, to our engaging 2015 program!
Please call (928) 774-1442, ext. 110 to register today.
Training is every Wednesday from April 1st - June 3rd from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
2015 Docent Training Dates (subject to change due to speaker availability)
Wednesday, April 1: Introductions, the Importance of Place-Based, Experiential Education, and Loop Hike
Wed., April 8: Plant Communities of the Colorado Plateau, Plants at the Arb., Mini-hike
Wed., April 15: Interpretation and Tour Methods, School Programs: Five Alive Senses, Life in the Forest, and Riparian Rascals
Wed., April 22: The Plateau through Time, Sustainability and Climate Change, Water Bug Naturalist
Wed., April 29: Native and Invasive Plants, Indigenous Perspectives of the Colorado Plateau, Hardy Adaptations
Wed., May 6: Plateau Pollinators, Raptor Program and Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Wed. May 13: Rare and Endangered Species, Animal Guides, and Fifth-Grade Foresters
Wed. May 20: Horticulture at the Arb. and Gardening Tutorial
Wed. May 27: Conifer and Aspen Health, Creating Sustainable Communities
Wed. June 3: SEGA Climate Change Programming, Tour Evaluations
Wed. June 10: 4-6 p.m. Docent Graduation
Becoming an Arboretum Docent
Do you love the landscape and natural history of northern Arizona? Do you want to learn more about high-elevation native plants and the Colorado Plateau? Are you passionate about building a sustainable future? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? If so, you’re an ideal candidate for our docent-training program. As a docent, or volunteer educator, you’ll share your knowledge and the work of The Arboretum with the public on daily tours and school visits.
Why become a docent?
In addition to the satisfaction of providing an invaluable community service, you’ll have the opportunity to receive continuing education with expert instructors, a broad assortment of instructional materials, join a community of like-minded and caring individuals, and more!
- Fee: : We request a one-time fee of $125 for the training program which includes a family membership, and additional benefits of being a docent. The continuing docent fee of $20 per year is in support of bringing additional expert speakers and expansion of docent programming.
- Attendance: 100% attendance is required unless there are extenuating circumstances.
- Service: You will be asked to provide at least 35 hours of service during the tour season (May– October).
- Commitment: Minimum of two-season commitment.
Please call or email to schedule your interview or to find out more information about our new program. You can also complete an application form in advance. The $125 training fee is requested by the first day of training. We are always interviewing for interested new docents, so call today! For a full description of the docent commitment and benefits, or to schedule your interview, please contact Public Program Manager, Lisa Doskocil at email@example.com or call (928) 774-1442 ext. 110.