Volunteer Opportunities : Docent Program

2015 Docent Training - Now offered in a 4-week session!

Session One begins April 7 and Session Two begins June 2

Call (928) 774-1442, ext. 110 to register today.

Training is every Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:30-3:30 pm.


2015 Docent Training Dates:

Tuesday, April 7/June 2: Introduction to The Arboretum, the Docent program, and a tour of the grounds

Thursday, April 9/June 4: Intro to the Colorado Plateau; Plants at The Arboretum

Tuesday, April 14/June 9: Native and Invasive Plants; Sustainability at The Arboretum     

Thursday, April 16/June 11: Conifer and Aspen Health in northern Arizona; The Arboretum’s Rare Plant Collection

Tuesday, April 21/June 16:  Horticulture and gardens at The Arboretum

Thursday, April 23/June 18: Field Trip (TBA)  

Tuesday, April 28/June 23: How to Prepare a Great Tour  

Thursday, April 30/June 25: Tour Shadowing and Practice Tours 


Becoming an Arboretum Docent

Do you love the landscape of northern Arizona? Do you want to learn more about high-elevation native plants and the Colorado Plateau? 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.

Why become a docent?

In addition to the satisfaction of providing a valuable community service, you’ll have the opportunity to receive continuing education with expert instructors, a broad assortment of instructional materials, and more!


  • Fee: We request a $50 fee for the training program (Includes a family membership).
  • Attendance: You must attend 8 training classes (missed classes can be made up).
  • Service: You will be asked to provide at least 25 hours of service during the tour season (May– October).
  • Commitment: One-season commitment.



Registration materials will be available at the introductory session. You can also complete an application form in advance. The $50 training fee is requested by the first day of training; you can bring both the application form and fee to the introductory session or mail them to 4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, Flagstaff AZ, 86005. Please RSVP for the Introductory Program prior to April 1 for Session One, and by May 29 for Session Two.

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