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!
Call for Volunteers:
Solstice Stroll… our big holiday with lights event is coming. For two weekends in December (13-15, and 20-22) we will be lighting up the garden and inviting the community to come gather together and spread holiday cheer. If you’d like to help with staffing the event, please visit our Sign-up Genius page by following the link here, and get involved:
We seasonally solicit help with our upcoming special events, please add your name to our volunteer email list (firstname.lastname@example.org), to get involved. We will need everything from help decorating with holiday lights, to drivers for our courtesy shuttles, and staffing the refreshment booths. These events are fun, and take a community to put them on. We’d love to have 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.
December 5: Wrapping electrical cords for Solstice Stroll, picking up branches, tidying paths. If time, spreading chips in Children’s Garden.
December 13-15: Solstice Stroll, please sign-up
December 20-22: Solstice Stroll; please sign-up
December 26: CLOSED
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-546-1281.
Summer Camps | Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM | 2019 dates TBD
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, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM | Every Friday in the summer
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 email@example.com. And please feel free to pass on this volunteer request. Thanks!