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Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


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. 

Interested in learning more before you sign up? Monthly virtual info sessions over Zoom are being scheduled for 2024.

Sign up for a 30-minute overview of volunteering at Chadwick Arboretum here. 


 Weekly Garden Maintenance Volunteer Sessions (April - November):
  • The 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. 
  • The Learning Gardens: Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Volunteers maintain the herbaceous and woody collections in our highly visited Learning Gardens. 
  • Arboretum North Pollinator Habitat Restoration: Wednesdays and 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 expansive and beautiful Arboretum North site.
  • 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!

Ready to get going? Start the volunteer application process by filling out our Volunteer Application here.