Counselor-in-Training Program 2019
(ages 12 - 15)


  Counselor-in-Training Program (ages 12 - 15)

Do you have a passion for nature, gardening, and creative play? Enjoy being a role model for younger children and like to get your hands in the dirt? The Arboretum's Counselor-In-Training program may be the perfect fit for you! Share your skills and bring your imagination and creativity to the Arboretum--join the fun as we play, garden, create, explore and learn together!

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is designed to provide opportunities for responsible, positive youth mentors to increase leadership skills by sharing a passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world with younger campers and gardeners. CITs will assist Day Camp, Children's Garden, and/or PeaPods program staff in providing a safe, supportive, and exciting experience for all participants, as well as helping out with other projects.

Top 10 Benefits of being a Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

  1. Gain valuable experience while doing something meaningful this summer
  2. Take advantage of resume-building opportunities while serving as a role model, mentor, and teaching assistant in the Arboretum's summer programs
  3. Share your passion for science, gardens, and the outdoors, with younger kids
  4. Develop useful life skills in leadership and time-management
  5. Meet new friends
  6. Log volunteer hours and give back to the community 
  7. Receive first-aid instruction and other training that can be applied to future job/volunteer opportunities
  8. Work with caring adult mentors 
  9. Be a valuable part of a fun, supportive, creative team
  10. Have FUN!!
 Teen counselor in training assisting campers with a project

Job Descriptions


Applications are closed for 2019.

Approved applicants must attend a mandatory one-day CIT orientation on
Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Attending this session is a mandatory requirement to become an Arboretum CIT.


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Program Quick Links

          PlantMaker Studio
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

Youth+Adult Together Programs
       Ages 3-5 with adult
       Ages 5-12 with adult
      Homeschool Days

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Gardening - General
       Edible Gardening
       Landscape & Design
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      Schoolyard Gardens Conference
       Pollinators - Misc

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       Floral & Botanical Crafts
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
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       Open Art Studio
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       Special Access Experiences
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       Dine with a Chef
       Cooking Classes
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       Garden-to-Plate Workshop Day

       Book Club
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       Signature Guided Walks
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