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.
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February 6: Garden Maintenance, storm clean-up in lower garden, raking, etc. Removing plant material from beds near cottage.
February 13: Emptying out the remainder of cottage to prepare for its demolition.
February 20: Thinning salmonberry along the pathway in lower garden, also transplanting the sword ferns from a row into this area for a shoulder.
February 27: Chipping around area where big cherry came out in lower garden, roping off area to rehabilitate.
*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 | 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:
Annual Leprechaun Hunt: The garden will be hosting our annual Leprechaun themed scavenger hunt, fun for all ages. It will take place for two weekends; March 13-15, and March 20-22, from 10 am to 5 pm. We will be seeking additional staffing for these busy weekends, to help guide visitors, greet people, monitor crowds, and assist finding parking. Please follow the link to our Sign-up Genius page, and see where you can help out!
Shoreline’s Annual Earth Day event: Takes place @ Central Market of April 25th, we’re looking for 4 volunteers to staff our booth, with information about the garden. We will need you from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Volunteers will be issued a $5 lunch voucher for Central Market to be used during the event. If interested, please email email@example.com