Counselor-in-Training Program 2018
(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 and Children's Garden 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!!

Job Descriptions


Step 1 Reserve your spot at the free informational meeting on
Tuesday, March 6th, 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) (991-03-06-18)
Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Free to attend the informational session! 
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Step 2 Fill out an application and sign up for an interview date/time.
(Applications and interview information will be provided at the March 6 free training and/or available online after March 6.)

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
Wednesday, June 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 


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.

Cancellation Policy

Prior to registering, please review the cancellation policy


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Program Quick Links

          PlantMaker Studio
            1-Hour Tram Tour
          Guided Walking Tours

          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

Youth+Adult Together Programs
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          Seasonal & Holiday
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          Signature Guided Walks
          1-Hour Tram Tour
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