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.
- 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.
- Lead garden tours.
- 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.
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.
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 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.