More than just a place to hike and admire scenic beauty, Hoyt Arboretum is a place to learn about the natural world. Our educational programs teach biological fundamentals, skills and crafts, and habitats and ecosystems.

Education opportunities fall into two basic categories, each requiring an enthusiasm for teaching, a love of the outdoors, and curiosity and a modicum of knowledge about plants.

Arboretum Naturalist

Arboretum Naturalists are volunteer educators who lead field trips for elementary-age students to introduce them to the wonders of nature and the science of trees through fun, hands-on activities. Volunteers gain valuable experience working with children and teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting. A minimum hourly commitment is requested during the field trip season; ongoing training is provided.

Public Tour Guide

A great opportunity to meet people and develop your public speaking skills, Tour Guides lead 60-minute public tours and scheduled private tours of the Arboretum from early spring through autumn. The position requires some very basic knowledge of trees and plants, but most importantly the desire to learn more. We offer continuing botanical learning opportunities, and request an ongoing commitment during the public tour season.

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