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Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer-logoThe Garden depends on the family of volunteers it has been nurturing since its establishment. With the growth of the Garden, our family needs to grow as well! We have volunteer opportunities in several different departments, offering a variety of fun Garden experiences. Volunteer hours are great for the community and the Garden, they are fabulous for a resume, and we offer relationships that can last a lifetime. Please review our openings below and contact Cookie Adams, our Volunteer Coordinator, if you would like more information or to sign up!

Guest Center

Admissions Desk, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM or 1:00-5:00 PM (shifts are flexible and can be shorter time)
1 person per shift, Admission Check-in

Admissions Desk, Docents, flexible schedule
Training available

Shoppe at the Garden, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 PM
1 counter person each day


Fern Glade, Wednesdays, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Administrative duties, filing, creating weekly calendar, etc.
1 person, flexible schedule anytime between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Special Events

Dinosaur UpROAR Alive Exhibit, May 13 – August 13
(10) Volunteers throughout the summer to monitor the Dinosaurs sculptures and provide facts nd information to our visitors about this amazing exhibit.

Prehistoric Dinner and a Movie, Saturday, July 21, 6:00 PM, Atrium/Carriage House
2 Check-in
6 Face painters
4 Food and drink assistants
1 T-Rex costume

Carnivore Cookout and Extinction Party, Saturday, August 12, 11:30AM, Grisham pavilion
2 Check-in
6 Assist with food and beverages
6 Face painters

Scarecrow Breakfast and Festival, Saturday, September 9, 8:00 AM, Atrium
2 Check-in
4 Assist with food and beverages
6 Face painters
2 Dressed-up Scarecrows

Hoot in the Night, Friday, September 15, Saturday, 16 and Sunday 17, 6:00 PM, Amphitheatre
2 Check-in
3 Concession stand
1 Direct traffic
1 Shuttle driver

Paint Out, Friday, September 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, Carriage House
2 Assist with food, beverages and clean-up

Paint Out at the Garden, Saturday, September 16, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
3 Shuttle drivers

Painted Gourds Class, Friday, September 29, 6:00 PM, Nichols Arbor
1 Check-in
1 Assist with class

Scarecrow Trail September 2 – October 29, Saturdays, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM and Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Hayride drivers (training required)
3 Hayride assistants

Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes, October 20, 21, 24 and 26, 6:00 PM
4 Learn about Scarecrow Trail and assist with hike each night
2 Check-in each night
1 Assist with food and beverages each night
1 Wear tree costume each night
1 Wear scarecrow costume each night
1 Wear costume each night

Bootanica, Saturday, October 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Children’s Garden
8 Face painters
6 Crafts
4 Pumpkin patch
2 Snacks
3 To place pumpkins
2 Greeters
4 Membership Kiosk
3 Hayride assistants


Tree ID Class, September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 12:00-2:45 PM
1 Per Session – Manage check-in, take payment, distribute handouts

Family Campout in the Garden, Friday, September 15, 4:00-9:00 PM
4 Assist with campout preparations – Hotdog dinner, hay ride to movie, tend fire pits, and help clean up

Monarch Butterfly Tag & Release, Saturday, September 30, 9:30-11:30 AM
2 Check in, take payment, distribute information to guests

Seeds to Sprouts, Fridays, June 30, July 14, 28, 9:30-11:30 AM
Help guests check in and get supplies ready.  Help with crafts and activities.

Butterfly Release Events
(2) Volunteers to assist. Saturday, July 15 – 9:45-11:45 AM; and 12:15-2:15 PM

Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike, June 24, July 8, July 22, 10-11:30 AM and 1-2:30 PM
Volunteers needed to help with check-in, hike and hands on activities. This is a guided walk through the dinosaur exhibit and the Nature Trail.  It finishes in the butterfly house and then they end in the Dinosaur Loop of the Children’s Garden to dig for fossils.

Firefly Night Hike, Tuesdays, June 27, July 11 and July 25, 7:30-9:30 PM
This is a guided walk through the nature trail to look for fireflies.  We would need help with checking people in and taking payment.  We also need help with the fire pits and s’mores in the back of the Garden that they make halfway through the walk.  If anyone wants to help lead the walks as well so we can split the groups that would be good too.

Family Movie Night in the Garden, Friday, July 21, 7:30 PM, Amphitheater
The Good Dinosaur
4 volunteers to assist with check-in and sell concessions

Docent- Art at the Garden Art Exhibits– Artwork by: Anita Hoodless, Herb Lewis, Johanna Littleton, Cal Breed, Robert Taylor and Staff
Lead a tour browsing exhibits currently on view in the halls of the Guest Center and throughout the Garden itself including displays of watercolors, acrylics, photography, sculptures and more.

Children’s Field Trip Docent — Share your love and knowledge of the Garden with school groups from Pre-K to 12th grade.  Help director of education and children’s education manager greet and direct field trip groups through the new Guest Center.

Education office volunteer – Help the director of education manage groups that meet at the Garden in the AEC for evening events.  These include societies and clubs, Master Gardener classes, and various programs held for adults.  Flexible morning or afternoon schedule 3-4 hours/week.

Festival Volunteering Opportunities

Purdy Butterfly House, Sunday May 1, 2017 – Friday September 30, 2017
Scarecrow Trail, Thursday September 1, 2017 – Monday October 31, 2017
Galaxy of Lights, Friday November 11, 2017 – Saturday December 31, 2017

On Going Opportunities

Special Events
The Garden’s special events are critical to our success, helping to increase funding while raising public awareness of the programs and activities of the Garden. Spring and Fall Plant Sale, Bunny Bonanza, Scarecrow Trail, Bootanica, and Galaxy of Lights are just a few of the events that require a large team of volunteers to help the events run smoothly and efficiently. Assignments include event preparation, greeting guests, assisting with activities and games, serving refreshments, and clean up. This area has the most volunteer flexibility, and adults and teens are invited to get involved.

Like any busy office, the Garden always needs organized individuals for administrative support. From database entry to preparation of large mailings, there are always routine office tasks for an additional pair of hands!

Learn more about the Garden and its unique environment and share that knowledge by leading visiting groups of all ages. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator regarding the next scheduled training session.

Guest Center/Shoppe at the Garden
This volunteer serves as initial greeter at the front desk, welcomes visitors, collects
admission and presents information about the Garden—all while providing exceptional customer service. Assisting guests with merchandise and sales in Shoppe at the Garden and answering phones are other necessary and fun duties. Training is required.

Education Assistant
Assist in preparation, planning and executing educational programs and events for children and adults under direction of the Education staff. School group guide, summer camp supervisor and Butterfly House assistant are examples of a variety of roles to help the Garden fulfill its education mission.

Shuttle Driver
Attend a two hour training session and become a shuttle driver. Give guests a ride through the Garden on a golf cart while sharing information about its history.

Facility Rental
Assist staff with events in the Garden’s rental facilities, such as weddings, corporate meetings, and party planning.

Gardening Assistant
Under direction of the Horticulture staff, participate in day-to-day activities from planting, landscaping, weeding, watering and mulching to other grounds maintenance and expansion projects. If you like hands-on experience in pruning, native plants, perennials, annuals and even weeds, become a gardening volunteer.

Please contact Cookie Adams, the Garden Volunteer Coordinator, if you are interested in any of the positions available or if you would like more information about volunteering at the Garden!

Cookie Adams | (256) 830 – 4447 ext 238 |

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