2008 Arboretum docent training set to begin later this month

Arboretum docent Jane Iacona (at right) leading a 2007 tour in the herb garden (Courtesy photo).

Arboretum docent Jane Iacona (at right) leading a 2007 tour in the herb garden (Courtesy photo).

FLAGSTAFF - Would you like to learn how to identify native plants of our region as well as the unique gardening challenges in northern Arizona? Learn about the plants and animals of the Colorado Plateau from experts and share your love of our region by leading tours in the gardens.

An introductory session for new Arboretum docents will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The three-month class meets once a week on Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Volunteer educators lead tours of the gardens during the growing season from April through October. Arboretum staff and local experts will cover topics such as plant identification, touring techniques, forest health, and indigenous uses of plants. Field trips to regional botanical gardens are included in the training.

There is an initial fee of $75 with $50 reimbursed after 25 hours of service has been completed.

Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 25. For more information about the Arboretum at Flagstaff, visit www.thearb.org or call (928) 774-1442, ext. 110.

The Arboretum is a 200-acre botanical garden, research center, and nature preserve dedicated to educating the public about the plants and plant communities of the Colorado Plateau. It is located four miles south of Route 66 on scenic Woody Mountain Road in West Flagstaff.


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