Volunteering is flexible, inclusive, impactful, and fun! Volunteers give of their time and talent to amplify the Garden’s mission every day. Join us! Multiple opportunities await you alongside others building a legacy of family fun, education, plant conservation and so much more!.

As part of our commitment to the well-being of our community, we have new health and safety guidelines in place for all volunteers. Whether you are a registered volunteer or interested in becoming a new volunteer, we would be happy to discuss the application and training process with you. Please contact our volunteer engagement team to learn more: volunteer@hsvbg.org

To see examples of volunteer opportunities at the Garden, please scroll down.

Youth Volunteer Program

The Youth Volunteer Program engages teenagers (ages 13-18) in hands-on outdoor work at the Garden during the summertime. Under the mentorship of STEM professionals, participants gain real-world experience in horticulture, environmental education, and plant conservation, allowing them to explore careers in the green sector, cultivate their personal connection to the environment, and contribute to the work of the Garden in an authentic and meaningful way.

To learn more about the Youth Volunteer Program, click here.

Examples of volunteer opportunities include:

The Garden’s 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, Scarecrow Trail, and Galaxy of Lights are just a few of the events where individuals have the opportunity to be a part of a large team of volunteers who ensure the events run smoothly and efficiently. Opportunities include event preparation, greeting guests, assisting with activities and games, serving refreshments, and cleaning up. This area has the most volunteer flexibility, and we encourage volunteers of all ages to get involved!

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

Docents are special Garden ambassadors that lead tours for the public. They have a direct impact on achieving the mission and goals of the Garden. As a Docent, you will have limitless opportunities to share your sense of wonder as you connect with people of all ages!

Becoming a Garden Docent is a volunteer position that requires additional training, and in return, the Garden’s staff strives to give each Docent a satisfying, productive, and rewarding experience. 

Our docents are our shuttle drivers. This opportunity requires additional training but allows you to give guests a ride through the Garden on a golf cart while sharing information about its history.

Please contact volunteer@hsvbg.org for more training details.

Visitor Center
This volunteer serves as a greeter in the lobby welcoming guests and presenting information about the Garden with a warm smile

The Garden utilizes volunteers to assist with youth programs such as STEM field trips, STEM camps, and more. Work along our staff to bring the Garden’s mission to life for children 2-18 years of age.

Gardening Assistant
Under the 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.

How to Sign up

View and complete the Volunteer Application. Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years old and accompanied by a guardian if younger than 16.

If you have any other questions concerning volunteering, please contact the volunteer engagement team at volunteer@hsvbg.org.

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