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.
Nature Educators lead field trips for elementary-age students to introduce them to ecology and the importance 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 spring and fall field trip seasons; ongoing training is provided.
Tree Time! Volunteers
Tree Time! volunteers introduce preschool age children to the wonders of nature through stories and nature walks. Tree Time! is currently scheduled Monday and Saturday mornings year-round.
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.