Education Programs Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer helping with field trip

These programs attract volunteers who enjoy learning and sharing information. Most require specific training, homework, and practice during the first year to become proficient in program preparation and presentations to children, adults, and families.

Places volunteers may be needed:
Children's education and camps; adult continuing education; Fruit & Vegetable Garden programs; horticultural therapy programs; library services; off-site community programs; plant information office; Garden tours; general office support, mailings.

Library
Commitment: 1/2 day per week Monday – Saturday
Time of Year: Year-round
Preparation: On-the-job orientation to the collection and computer catalog
Activity: Assist visitors; organize collections of books, videos, periodicals and catalogs

Plant Information
Commitment: 1/2 day per week
Time of Year: Year-round
Preparation: Master Gardener training January — March
Activity: Respond to telephone and walk-in inquiries

Tour Guides
Commitment: 1/2 day per week
Time of Year: Year-round
Preparation: Attend and participate in monthly training
Activity: Welcome and host scheduled adult walking tours

Children's Education
Commitment: Sign up to teach scheduled classes 1/2 day per week
Time of Year: September – June
Preparation: Docent training semimonthly on Monday
Activity: Prepare and teach classes

Discovery Programs in Fruit & Vegetable Garden, English Walled Garden, and Japanese Garden
Commitment: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., two days a month
Time of Year: May – October
Preparation: Late winter or spring training, seasonal updates
Activity: Share information with visitors about these gardens through one-on-one conversations, discovery carts, mini tours, and activities for all ages.

Environmental Education
Commitment: Seasonal programs; date, time, and place vary
Time of Year: September – June
Preparation: Monthly meetings on Friday mornings
Activity: Grades 4, 5, 6, woodland, prairie, wetland, classroom, and field studies

Children's Garden
Commitment: 1/2 day per week Friday – Sunday
Time of Year: April – September
Preparation: Volunteer orientation and program training
Activity: Programs for children and families

Enabling Garden and Horticultural Therapy
Commitment: 1/2 day per week
Time of Year:: May – September
Preparation: Orientation, program training, seasonal meetings
Activity: Provide program information to visitors; assist in Tool Shed

Garden Chef Series in the Fruit & Vegetable Garden
Commitment: Two days per month, Saturdays or Sundays 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Time of Year: May – October
Preparation: One-day training program in May
Activity: Hand out recipes; help chefs distribute tastings; help clean up kitchen

Off-Site Urban Agriculture Programs
Commitment: Varies
Time of Year: Depends upon the program. Please inquire.
Preparation: Depends upon the program. Please inquire.
Activity: Share information about the Garden; participate in activities at off-site locations