Volunteer Opportunities at the Garden

We have lots of different areas where you talent and enthusiasm would be welcome. Click the links or look below for details.

Guest Services

Education

Horticulture

Grow the Garden Days

Group/Corporate Opportunities

Volunteer Requirements, Application and Resources


Guest Services

IMG_0126 (1)Guest Reception

  • Greet guests and provide information.
  • Check membership and process admission.
  • Distribute and collect visitor surveys.
  • Monitor parking lot and picnic area.
  • Keep guest reception area clean and orderly.
  • Point of contact for questions, lost & found and separated visitors.
  • Point of contact for visitor emergencies.

Tour Guide

  • Lead garden tours.

Trail Monitor

    • Assure that trails are clean, clear and safe for guests.
    • Monitor guest behavior for safety and security.
    • Assist guests with questions about the Garden and horticulture.
    • Assure that guests abide by all applicable Garden policies and procedures.
    • Assist guests in emergency situations.

 


Education

Field Trip Assistant

  • Serves as the teaching assistant for the Garden educator who is leading field trip activities for visiting preK-12 student groups.
  • Aids visiting students and teachers as they complete nature-based activities throughout the Garden.
  • May lead visiting students and chaperones through the Garden, assisting them in completing a scavenger hunt (note: while this involves leading the group through the trails and answering questions, tour guide training is not required).
  • Ensure that guests all return to their meeting place at the required time.

Discovery Cart Host

  • The Discovery Cart is a mobile learning center that allows students of all ages (children and adults) to engage in an informal education activity.
  • Volunteers set up the cart using one of the cart kits and guide visitors in participating in kit activities.
  • Help guide discussions on the kit topic, ask and answer questions and prompt participants to further consider the topic.

IMG_0078 (1)Blocks and Rocks Nature Play Leader

  • Blocks and Rocks is a nature play program for children ages 3-7 and their adult caregiver. Bins of colorful LEGO® DUPLO® blocks are combined with natural materials (rocks, sticks, pinecone etc.) to encourage nature-based play.
  • Welcome participants and encourage children and adult to engage in nature play.

Adult Education Program Assistant

  • Assist the instructor of the 90-minute class as needed (passing out papers, circulating props, etc).

Education Event Assistant

    • Education events such as Scout days, family festivals take place at the Garden throughout the year.

  • Tasks will depend on the event and could include: managing sign-in, leading or assisting with a craft or activity, directing guests to the location of the event, etc.

Horticulture

Horticulture volunteers participate at the Garden on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 12
noon. They include beginning to master gardeners and those who enjoy spending time outside. Typical
tasks might include weeding display gardens; preparing beds for new plantings; planting, transplanting
and deadheading garden plants; and installing deer fencing around plants and trees. Basic horticulture
knowledge is helpful but not required.