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 8th - June 17th from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

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2015 Docent Training Dates (subject to change due to speaker availability)

Wednesday, April 8:  Introductions, the Importance of Place-Based, Experiential Education, and Loop Hike


Wed., April 15:  Plant Communities of the Colorado Plateau, Plants at the Arb., Mini-hike

Wed., April 22:  Interpretation and Tour Methods, School Programs:  Five Alive Senses, Life in the Forest, and Riparian Rascals     

Wed., April 29:  The Plateau through Time, Sustainability and Climate Change, Water Bug Naturalist

Wed., May 6:  Native and Invasive Plants, Indigenous Perspectives of the Colorado Plateau, Hardy Adaptations

Wed., May 13:  Plateau Pollinators, Raptor Program and Behind-the-Scenes Tour  

Wed. May 20:  Rare and Endangered Species, Animal Guides, and Fifth-Grade Foresters  

Wed. May 27:  Horticulture at the Arb. and Gardening Tutorial

Wed. June 3:  Conifer and Aspen Health, Creating Sustainable Communities

Wed. June 10:  SEGA Climate Change Programming, Tour Evaluations

Wed. June 17:  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 education@thearb.org or call (928) 774-1442 ext. 110.

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