Volunteer Opportunities


Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens has a broad range of volunteer opportunities for gardeners of all experience and ability levels. There's a place for everybody! 

We are always looking for volunteer leaders, help with outreach, tour guides and event planners.  Most garden-related volunteer opportunities begin in April and end in November. 

Volunteer work sessions have ended for 2020, but there are opportunties to volunteer throughout the winter.  To sign up or learn more, please click here or e-mail Julia Wilson, Program Coordinator, at Wilson.4615@osu.edu 

 Weekly Garden Maintenance Volunteer Sessions (April - November):

  • The Hosta & Lane Avenue Gardens: Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Volunteers provide garden maintenance, seasonal color changeouts, and curation of our Van Wade Hosta Collection; Forget Me Not Garden, Labyrinth Garden, Lane Avenue and Fyffe Road corner, and trellis entrance gardens. 
  • Learning Gardens: Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Volunteers maintain the herbaceous and woody collections in our highly visited Learning Gardens. 
  • Biodiversity monitoring: Anytime  
    Help Chadwick Arboretum document the diversity of living (or previously living) organisms at the Arboretum North site. Upload your photos to a phone-based app called iNaturalist to submit photographs of plants, animals, fish, insects, birds or other living organisms found, to help our Arboretum understand our pollinator habitat, and give us clues on how to make improvements. No staff contact needed!
  • Pollinator Habitat Restoration: Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Volunteers assist horticulture staff with invasive removal, laying paths, planning and planting pollinator habitat at our expansiveand beautiful Arboretum North site. 

**We ask that you do not attend volunteer sessions without signing up through our Volunteer Application first.**