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docent: volunteer educators who undergo intensive training to further the public’s understanding of cultural and historical collections 

Are you passionate about the Atlanta BeltLine and do you love sharing your passion with others? Are you an energetic and eager learner, and a lover of trees and plants? If so, Trees Atlanta has an awesome opportunity for you. Check out the following from TA’s Kate Baltzell:

As you may know Trees Atlanta is very involved in the Atlanta BeltLine and began planting the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum with trees, shrubs, and native grasses in fall of 2012.  We will continue to plant and maintain the horticulture collection as well as incorporate signage along the Eastside Trail, but the best way to communicate all of these exciting additions is through knowledgeable volunteers leading Walking Tours, or Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Docents.

We are actively recruiting for the third class of Docents to begin training on Thursday mornings in April and May.  During training, experts cover topics ranging from Atlanta BeltLine history & design to Arboretum horticulture collections.  Ideal applicants have experience with plants, an eagerness to learn, and the energy to lead tours/projects in the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.  If you or anyone you know anyone who is interested  in this great opportunity, contact me at for more information.

Seats are limited so if you’re interested, better to apply sooner rather than later. You can apply here:

Editor’s Note: VaHi resident Kay Stephenson and I went through this training session last year and it’s incredible. The course is packed with lots of great information about the BeltLine, the Arboretum, history of the area surrounding the Eastside Trail, etc. Class members bring a tremendous diversity of backgrounds to the table and the exchange of information between attendees is another plus to the course. Kay is actively giving Arboretum tours – I haven’t been quite so dilligent in completing my studies yet – so if you know her and want to learn more, I’m sure she’d be glad to talk with you about it. I’d also be glad to answer any questions you may have about the course.

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