Chicago Botanic Garden

SUPPORT THE GARDEN

Volunteer Opportunities - Special Events

Most months, the Garden sponsors festivals and other large events that require volunteer support
to set up, assist visitors, staff activities, and provide programs. All volunteers are encouraged to
sign up for specific dates. Special event volunteers choose dates, often on evenings or weekends,
to participate monthly or 12 times per year.

Opportunity

Time of Year

Preparation

Commitment

Activity

The Orchid Show

March

Orientation

1/2 day

Welcome and direct visitors

Antiques & Garden Fair

April

Orientation

1/2 day

Greet and direct visitors, and assist at entrance and at lectures

Model Railroad Garden

May – October

Orientation

1/2 day per week

Assist and greet visitors

Summer Evening Concerts

June – August

Orientation before concert

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings

Distribute programs, monitor attendance

Bulb Festival

September

Orientation

1/2 day

Package bulbs; set up; and assist sales and cashier lines

Roadside Flower Sale

September

On-the-job training with others

1/2 day

Help sell, cashier,
and wrap

HallowFest

October

Orientation

evening

Assist with guests and activities

Spooky Pooch Parade

October

Orientation

1/2 day

Welcome and direct visitors and parade participants

Wonderland Express

November – January

Orientation

1/2 day evening programs

Assist with set-up, visitors, and programs