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. 

Due to COVID-19, our weekly volunteer sessions are on hold until further notice. When possible, the following weekly garden-related volunteer sessions will resume.  

To learn more, please e-mail Julia Wilson, Program Coordinator, at Wilson.4615@osu.edu.

  • 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. 

  • Arboretum North afternoon session, Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Volunteers will assist with horticulture projects as they arise, focusing on our Arboretum North site. Led by Horticulturists Pam Poeth.  

  • Horticulture Therapy Program, TBD
    Volunteers will work with adult gardeners who have developmental disabilities. All volunteers must have a background check on file. 
    Email program coordinator Joe Lansing to join this team: toborjl@sbcglobal.net 

  • 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. 

  • Plant Collection Mapping and Inventory: Fridays 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    This group works to verify and inventory plants in our collections. This group also prepares and installs accession tags and labels. Plant identification skills and attention to detail are preferred.