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:
Special Event: Lake Forest Park Garden Tour and Market; Saturday, June 15, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are seeking volunteers who can staff an informational booth about the garden. It will be located in the commons, at the Lake Forest Park Town Center. It’s a good fit for someone who’s passionate about plants, and wants to help spread the message about the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Summer Solstice Soundscapes with Gary Stroutsos…
We need help with this summer evening event, that will be taking place on June 21st, 6-8pm, at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. The staff, and board are gearing up for what will surely be a fun and reflective night. Volunteers are essential for our ability to host these kinds of events, so please consider getting involved. The link to our Sign-up Genius page for this event is here:
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.
Current volunteer opportunity with Children’s Programs: Though we welcome new volunteers for all of our programs, we are especially seeking out volunteers for our summer camps. Check out our “Children’s Programs” section below to see if this would be a good fit for you.
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. Tasks vary from week to week, but a rough calendar can be found below. Please note that projects are subject to change.
June 6: Continuing to prepare lower garden area for upcoming Summer Solstice Concert; breaking down old potting benches, spreading chips, weeding, grooming plants, etc. Make it look pretty 🙂
June 13: Continuing with preparations of lower garden area, spreading mulch, cleaning up pathways, etc.
June20: Final touches for the Summer Solstice conceGart, placing tables, benches, putting up canopies, hanging lights, etc.
June 27: Garden maintenance, weeding, watering, etc.
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 ext. 70.
Summer Camps | Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM | July 8-12, 15-19, and 22-26
Each summer camp has a different nature theme and is geared toward a certain age group. July 8-12 and 22-26 are camps for kids entering 1st-3rd grade. July 15-19 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-1:15 PM | June 7-August 30
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 Events and Community Outreach
Help with our various special events throughout the year; Solstice Stroll, Spooky Night, Garden Party, Concert in the Park, etc. All these events need extra planning, set-up, and your volunteer expertise to pull them off. Volunteers can also represent the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden at community outreach events such as the Shoreline Farmer’s Market or other local events. This year we will also be hosting a Summer Solstice concert with storytelling. Always something fun to get involved with.