Volunteer Opportunities : Docent Program
2013 Docent Training Begins March 5th! Call (928) 774-1442, ext. 110 to register today!
2013 Docent Training Dates:
Tuesday; March 5 - Introduction
Thursday; March 7 - Natural History and Ecology
Tuesday; March 12 - Get to Know the Plants At The Arboretum
Thursday; March 14 -Native and Invasive Plants
Tuesday; March 26 - Threatened Plants and Endangered Animals in the Colorado Plateau. Speakers: Research Botanist, Sheila Murray and Arboretum Director, Lynne Nemeth
Thursday; March 28 - Greenhouse Tour and Propagation Demo
Tuesday, April 2 - Field Trip- The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix
Friday; April 5 - Abert's squirrels and Ponderosa Pine Ecology
Tuesday; April 9 - Presentations on Pollinators and Native Insects. Guest speaker, Elizabeth Blaker
Thursday; April 11 - Conifer and Aspen Health
Tuesday; April 16 - Sustainability and Climate Change at The Arboretum
Thursday; April 18 - How to Create and Prepare for a Great Tour
Tuesday; April 23 - Tour Shadowing and Practice Tours
Thursday, April 25 - Tour Shadowing and Practice Tours
Saturday, April 27 - Arbor Day festival! (optional)
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 5) 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, 86001. Please RSVP for the introductory program before February 25th.