Get Out and Meet Other Nature Lovers as a Holden Arboretum Highlights Tour Guide!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


9550 Sperry RoadKirtland, OH 44094


With 3,500 acres of gardens and grounds, Holden Arboretum provides visitors and members with countless opportunities to discover and connect with nature throughout the growing season. Our Highlights tours are offered April through November and provide an overview of Holden Arboretum history, gardens, collections and natural areas with special emphasis on seasonal highlights.

Our volunteer guides bring their enthusiasm, warmth and knowledge to provide an interesting and informative walking tour. Guides will provide roaming interpretation of the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden, lead the free one hour Highlights tour out to the Kalberer Emergent Tower, and then provide roaming interpretation of the display garden.

Shifts are typically Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm, April - October. Additional times and days may be available for private tours.

New guides complete the four part training series and shadow experienced guides. 2018 training schedule for highlight tour guides:
Saturday, May 5, 1-4pm
Saturday, June 2, 10am-3pm
Saturday, July 28, 10am-3pm
Saturday, September 8, 1-4pm

All Holden Forests & Gardens volunteers enjoy great benefits, including complimentary admission when scheduled to volunteer, educational opportunities, uniform and invites to special volunteer events and outings (benefits based on total hours served).

To get started, apply online at or request an application or more information by using the Volunteer Match inquiry form.


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 6 hours per minth
  • Desire to work outside.

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