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Hoyt Arboretum Friends

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Become an Arboretum Naturalist at Hoyt Arboretum! Arboretum Naturalists are volunteer educators who lead two-hour 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 will learn:
* Best practices for leading field trips, including teaching tips, group management, and engagement activities;
* Basic ecology and botany along with techniques for engaging children outdoors;
* Good communication and public speaking skills.

Gain valuable experience working with children and teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting! Individuals with a love of the outdoors and an interest in environmental education are encouraged to apply (all volunteers must pass a background check).

Hoyt Arboretum's spring field trip season runs from March through mid-June on weekday mornings (typically Tuesday through Friday). Arboretum Naturalists are encouraged to be available to volunteer for a minimum of 4 field trips per month during the spring season. Volunteer training begins in mid-February.

If you have questions or are interested in becoming an Arboretum Naturalist, please contact or (503) 823-1649.

Located in Portland's Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum is Portland's living museum of trees and home to more than 2,000 plant species from around the world. With the help of volunteer Arboretum Naturalists, our field trip program provides the opportunity for elementary school students from around the Metro area to come to Hoyt Arboretum to learn about trees and their role in the world's ecosystems.

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About Hoyt Arboretum Friends


4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221, US

Mission Statement

To maintain and improve Hoyt Arboretum and its collection for all people through advocacy, resources, awareness and education.


Hoyt Arboretum is Portland, Oregon’s museum of living trees. Located in Washington Park, the arboretum encompasses 189 ridge-top acres accessible by 12 miles of trails. More than 6,000 specimens from around the world grow here, including more than 2,000 species. To the local community, Hoyt Arboretum represents a unique setting for education, fitness and reflection. To the world, Hoyt Arboretum is a critical partner in global conservation and scientific research. Hoyt Arboretum relies on the support of Hoyt Arboretum Friends, a membership-based nonprofit organization working in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation.


We'll work with your schedule.


4000 SW Fairview BlvdPortland, OR 97221



  • Outdoor Recreation
  • STEM
  • Botany
  • Environmental Education




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 tours per month (weekday mornings) from March through mid-June.

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