Group Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers representing community, corporate, and college groups contribute over 3,000 hours of service every year! Group service projects at the Arb and Gardens are a great way for members to enjoy fresh air and exercise in a beautiful natural setting and work together toward a common goal. Our staff provides education about the work at hand and explains how volunteer efforts support our mission and programs.
Contact us and we’ll help your group find the perfect volunteering opportunity.
Help preserve our native ecosystems by joining us for monthly public stewardship events at the Arb (2nd Saturdays) and Gardens (3rd Saturdays) from 9 am–noon. Activities include the removal of non-native, invasive plants. Fall/winter work involves the use of loppers and hand saws as well as cutting, dragging, and piling brush. Spring/summer work primarily involves hand weeding. Since these events are open to the public we ask that group size be limited to 10 participants. Preregistration is required for all groups.
Groups are welcome to coordinate a private workday at the Arb and Gardens during the week or weekend. Preferred times are 9 am–noon or 1–4 pm. For private workdays we can usually accommodate larger groups depending on the time of year and work at hand. Activities may include natural areas restoration, display garden maintenance, and other special projects. We prefer a minimum of 20 volunteers to schedule a private workday. Some exceptions can be made depending on the season and type of work.
Groups are a great addition to any special event! Many of our main events offer a variety of jobs that are particularly suitable for group members. These include Spring Plant Sales (May), Shakespeare in the Arb (June), Music in the Arb (July, Aug, Sept), and more!
What to Wear?
- Dress for comfort and safety.
- Wear layers and use sun protection, hats, etc.
- Study close-toed shoes are required in all settings.
- Long pants are suggested when working in natural areas to protect against potentially poisonous plants and wildlife.
- Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water bottle or travel mug.
What about minors?
Volunteers under age 18 must request and submit a Youth Permission Form (PDF) prior to participation. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for all activities. Not all volunteer activities are suitable for younger volunteers—even with adult supervision.
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