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Arnold Arboretum

Field Study Experiences


School program guide with a studentMake a difference, have fun, and explore the Arboretum. Become a School Program Guide and lead small groups of upper-elementary schoolchildren through an active learning program about plants and the natural world.

Staff Contact

To learn more or to ask questions, please call Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education, at 617.384.5239 or by email.

You can also submit a volunteer application and we’ll get back in touch with you.


The Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
Directions are available.


Required skills & abilities

Time commitment

We ask School Program Guides to make a two-season commitment. This means agreeing to guide a group of children one morning a week (9:00am–1:00pm) in fall and spring. Prior to the start of each season, guides attend four training classes (10:00am–1:00pm) at the Arboretum to learn the field study programs and the basics of botany, and to become familiar with the Arboretum landscape.

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