Volunteer Opportunities : Docent Program

2014 Docent Training Begins March 4th! Call (928) 774-1442, ext. 110 to register today!

Training is every Tuesday and Thursday, March through April from 1:00-2:00 pm.

2014 Docent Training Dates:

Tuesday; March 4 - Introduction

Thursday; March 6 - Abert's squirrels and Ponderosa Pine Ecology. Guest Speaker: Sylvester Allred

Tuesday; March 11 - Geology and Plant Communities of the Colorado Plateau. Guest Speaker: Susan Lamb Bean

Thursday; March 13 - Get to Know the Plants At The Arboretum. Speaker: Research Botanist, Sheila Murray

Tuesday; March 25 - Rare and Endangered Plants and Animal Species. Speakers: Research Botanist, Sheila Murray and Arboretum Director, Lynne Nemeth

Thursday; March 27 - Field Trip- TBD

Tuesday, April 1 - Native and Invasive Plants. Speaker: Director of Research, Dr. Kristin Haskins

Thursday; April 3 - Bees, Butterflies, and Dragonflies

Tuesday; April 8 - Sustainability and Climate Change at The Arboretum. Speakers: Arboretum Director, Lynne Nemeth and Director of Research, Dr. Kristin Haskins

Thursday; April 10 - Conifer and Aspen Health

Tuesday; April 15 - Horticulture at the Arboretum and Greenhouse Tour and Propagation Demo Speakers: Director of Horticulture, Mark Jarecki and Horiculturalist, Will Gerard

Thursday; April 17 - How to Create and Prepare for a Great Tour Speaker: Director of Education, Regan Emmons

Tuesday; April 22 - Tour Shadowing and Practice Tours

Thursday, April 24 - Tour Shadowing and Practice Tours

Tuesday, April 30 - Docent Graduation and Golf Cart Training

Becoming an Arboretum Docent

Do you want to learn more about high-elevation native plants and the Colorado Plateau? Are you interested in the natural history and ecology of northern Arizona? 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 receive continuing education with expert instruction, a broad assortment of instructional materials, access to our reference library, invitations to “brown bag” get-togethers, a field trip to the Desert Botanical Garden, and a name tag.


  • Fee: We require a $50 fee for the training program (Includes a family membership).
  • Attendance: You must attend 15 training classes (missed classes can be made up).
  • Service: You must provide at least 25 hours of service during the tour season (May– October).
  • Commitment: One-season commitment.

Training takes place in March and April (beginning March 4) on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30–3:30 PM.


Registration materials will be available at the introductory session. You can also complete an application form in advance. The $50 training fee is required by the first day of training; you can bring these to the introductory session or mail them to 4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, Flagstaff AZ, 86005. Please RSVP for the introductory program before February 28th.

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