Volunteer: Docent Program


Below is information from this spring's docent training program for your information. The Arboretum is always looking for people excited about our amazing environment to join our docent program! Please get in touch with Shannon if you would like to "shadow" a docent!


Please call (928) 774-1442, ext. 127 to speak to Shannon Benjamin about becoming an Arboretum docent, or shannon.benjamin@thearb.org

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.  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 Programs Manager, Lisa Doskocil at education@thearb.org or call (928) 774-1442 ext. 110.

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