Volunteer: Docent Program

The Docent Season is in mid-season - Thank you Arboretum Docents for your service!


Link to sign up to lead July Docent Tours click here


Link to sign up to lead August Docent Tours click here


Please call (928) 774-1442, ext. 127 to speak to Rikki Grill about becoming an Arboretum docent, or Rikki.Grill@thearb.org


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 Rikki if you would like to "shadow" a docent!

2015 Docent Flier


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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