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 October. 

Volunteers are finally back in the gardens! To sign up or learn more, please click here or e-mail Julia Wilson, Program Coordinator, at Wilson.4615@osu.edu 

  • The Hosta/Lane Avenue Gardens, Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Volunteers will 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. Lead by Horticulturist Pam Poeth and Volunteer Cookie O’Neal. 
  • Learning Gardens: Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Volunteers will maintain the herbaceous and woody collections in our highly visited Learning Gardens. Led by horticulturist Pam Poeth.
  • New! Arboretum North pollinator habitat restoration and Biodiversity monitoring: Anytime Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                                                    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!

**We ask that you do not attend volunteer sessions without signing up first.**