Counselor-in-Training Program 2020
(Ages 12 - 15)


CIT helping campers at Arboretum Summer Programs

CIT helping campers at Arboretum Summer Programs

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. Log volunteer hours and give back to the community 
  6. Receive training that can be applied to future job/volunteer opportunities
  7. Meet new friends
  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


Step 1 Register for your spot at the free informational meeting on
Tuesday, February 25, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the session as well. (If you are interested, but this date does not work, or has passed, please email education office

FREE Counselor-in-Training Information Night (Ages 12-15 w/parent)
Tuesday, February 25, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Free to attend the no-commitment informational session!
Limit 50, Learning Center

Step 2 Fill out an application and sign up for an interview date/time.

(Applications and interview information will be provided at the February 25 free training and/or available online after February 25.)

Step 3 Successful applicants will be notified, pay one-time registration fee,* and then be able to select desired summer programs to assist.

(There are many volunteer opportunities and a lot of flexibility in creating a schedule that works for you and your family. Come half days or full days, for a week, or the whole summer!)

*$75 fee covers orientation, First Aid training, leadership development training, t-shirt, certificate, all project supplies, snacks, and an end-of-summer celebration! (Financial assistance is available to those who are eligible for free or reduced school lunch. Inquire by email

Step 4

Attend a mandatory one-day CIT orientation on 
Thursday, June 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

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


Call 612-301-1210
or email:



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Member Perk!
Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button and complete the form, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.

Program Quick Links

        PlantMaker Studio
        Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

Family Programs
       PeaPods for Preschoolers
      Homeschool Days

Summer Youth Programs
       Day Camps
       Groups/Summer Field Trips

       Weekly Children's Garden

Gardening & Horticulture Classes
FEATUREDGet Growing: Garden Workshop Day

Gardening - General
      Edible Gardening
      Landscape & Design
Floral & Botanical Crafts
Special Access Experiences

      Online Gardening Classes
     Schoolyard Gardens Conference
     Garden-to-Plate Workshop Day
       Special Access Experiences
Fine Art & Crafts Classes

Painting & Drawing

       Mixed Media
       Floral & Botanical Crafts
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
       Stone Balancing & Sculpture
       Open Art Studio
       Willow Furniture
Photography Classes
       Special Access Photography
Food & Wine Classes
       Dine with a Chef
       Cooking Classes
       Edible Gardening
       Garden-to-Plate Workshop Day
Home, Health & Beauty

       Book Club & Literature
       Healthy Living
Nature Appreciation
FEATUREDArboretum & Audubon: Bird Day
       Signature Guided Walks
Nature-Based Therapeutics

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