We LOVE your help!
A huge thank you to everyone who made 2017 the best season yet at the Arboretum at Flagstaff! From Docent tours of the gardens & school field trips, to the Butterfly House, our numerous big events like the Soiree, Pumpkin Walk & concerts, building trails, weeding and planting-we truly couldn’t have done this all without our wonderful volunteers. Arboretum volunteers donated 3500 hours in 2017- Wow!!

Docent Training

Looking for ways to get involved, learn, inspire and make the world better place? The Arboretum at Flagstaff’s 2018 Docent Training Program begins on March 7th. We are looking for community members who would like to share their deep love for our northern Arizona landscape with Arboretum visitors. Docents lead daily tours of the Arboretum grounds at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from April 15 – October 31, as well as school tours.

Training and materials are FREE. Classes are held every Wednesday, March 7 – April 25 (except March 21) from 10am-2:15pm. March classes are held at the Coconino Cooperative Extension offices on N 3rd Street in Flagstaff and April classes will be held at The Arboretum at Flagstaff.

Topics include the mission and history of the Arboretum, forest health, conservation, ecology and sustainability, botany and ethnobotany, horticulture and gardening techniques, and much more.

For more information please download this 2018 Docent Training Commitment and Description document.

For a full schedule of training see here: Arboretum Docent Training Schedule

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Shannon Benjamin shannon.benjamin@thearb.org for more information and/or to sign up for any of these opportunities.


Why volunteer with us?

Learn: You’ll learn about high-elevation plants and gardening techniques and get the satisfaction of helping others become successful gardeners.

Teach: You’ll help create beautiful gardens and teach Flagstaff residents and visitors about the ecology of the Colorado Plateau.

Be appreciated: If you work more than 25 hours by September 30, you’ll be invited to the annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast.

Get discounts: You get discounts at our gift shop and plant sales — 10 percent when you work more than 25 hours and 15 percent when you work more than 50 hours during a calendar year.

According to Psychology Today:

  • Volunteering eases depression, strengthens immunity and lowers blood pressure
  • Volunteering establishes strong relationships
  • Volunteers have increased productivity, focus and creativity
  • Volunteering is good for society
  • Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose

For more information on volunteering at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Shannon Benjamin at Shannon.benjamin@thearb.org or 928-774-1442 ext. 127

Get In Touch

Let us know if you are interested in volunteering at the Arboretum.

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