2019 Docent Training Program

Our 2019 Docent Training Program is 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 Monday, March 25 – April 22 from 9am-1:15pm 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.  A full description of the docent program is available:



Thank you Arboretum Volunteers!

Over 300 volunteers donated well over 4,000 hours in 2018! A HUGE thank you to all our amazing volunteers who make our mission possible. We hope to see you back in 2019!

Volunteer in 2019!
The Arboretum at Flagstaff is closed to the public until April 15, 2019. Docent Training and Group Garden Days begin in March, School Field Trips start in April and our SW Butterfly House opens on Memorial Day weekend.
We could not operate without our volunteers! Come out to make a difference, inspire, educate and get free garden and forest therapy! Volunteers make the world a better place!

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator shannon.benjamin@thearb.org for more information.


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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