Volunteers are a big part of what makes this garden so special! Please consider joining our team of excellent volunteers. We have a variety of opportunities throughout the year for you to help sustain and improve the garden, both onsite and within the broader community. Whether your preference is to work with people, plants, or both, we have a job for you!
All volunteers are required to fill out an Individual Volunteer Service agreement prior to participation. You can download the form here.
Weekly Volunteer Work Party
Attend one of our drop-in work parties, every Thursday afternoon from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Come dressed for the weather and ready to work alongside our knowledgeable staff. Work gloves and water bottles are recommended. Please arrive on time, so that we can debrief everyone together on our task, or project for the day. We meet by the back (white) door of the big house. Tasks vary from week to week, but a rough calendar can be found below. Please note that projects are subject to change, or TBD.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
January 2, 9: CLOSED…
January 16: Garden Maintenance, storm clean-up in lower garden, raking, etc.
January 23: Cleaning up in the Children’s Discovery Garden, replacing the gnome depot supplies, spreading chips on paths, etc.
January 30: Purging out the old corral bed, breaking down PVC pipe, getting rid of chicken wire and other debris, taking apart old leaf compost bins.
*We can also schedule groups of volunteers from companies, professional organizations, clubs, universities, and schools to come to the garden for days of services, work parties, team-building, and more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
These programs are great opportunities for high school and college students (but others not in those categories are also welcomed). Will consider volunteers ages 14 and older. We provide training to familiarize volunteers with program material. If interested, email email@example.com or call 206-546-1281.
Summer Camps | July 6th-24th | Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Each summer camp has a different nature theme and is geared toward a certain age group. Friends in the Forest and Garden Gumshoes are camps for kids entering 1st-3rd grade. Backyard Botany is for kids entering 4th-6th grade. We are looking for volunteer counselors to assist campers during activities, play games, enforce camp rules as needed, and make every camper feel known. An extensive knowledge of plants and animals is not required, but volunteers should possess enthusiasm about nature and excitement to work with kids in a naturalistic garden setting. We ask that summer camp volunteers commit to a full camp session (five days), or more if so desired.
Garden Tots | Fridays, June 5th-August 28th 9:30 AM-1:00 PM
Garden Tots is a drop-in program for families with children ages 3-7 years old. It consists of a garden exploration activity and a craft focused on a different nature theme each week. Volunteers set up materials for the day’s activities, check-in families, help with the art project, and clean up. Volunteers should be a welcoming presence in the garden and comfortable interacting with young children and their families. Volunteers can sign up for as many of the dates as they like, but please let us know ahead of time!
Field Trips | 2-hour time commitment, at most
Field trips, mostly for preschool through second grade, occur throughout the school year. Volunteers help guide simple activities, based on seasonal field trip themes, at a Garden station through which groups of children rotate. Field trips last for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the age group. They often begin at 10:30am.
Please visit our Kids Only page for more information about children’s programs.
Special Volunteer Request:
We have a variety of machines at the garden that have suffered some wear and tear. Being a busy botanic garden, our equipment does have a tendency to take a bit of a beating. That being said, we could really use some skilled help with maintenance of our various power equipment. Knowledge of small engine repair would be greatly desired. If you’re able to help, please reach out to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. And please feel free to pass on this volunteer request. Thanks!