Volunteers provide vital outreach and administrative and operational support for our organization. By volunteering, you can help us build awareness, raise funds, plan events, and participate in community outreach opportunities. We also offer hands-on volunteer opportunities for gardeners who are looking to get their hands dirty.

How to Volunteer

It’s easy! Just fill out our online form by clicking the button below. We’ll email you when a volunteer opportunity arises that meets your availability and areas of interest.


Upcoming volunteer opportunities with WBG


We use SignUp Genius to manage our volunteer lists for events. Please see below for links to any upcoming volunteer opportunities with us:


Greenway Cleanup, 9/14

reGeneration Fair, 9/15


Doing physical work with us, but haven’t signed a waiver yet? Download it below and bring it to your volunteer session:

WBG Volunteer Waiver

The Cultivators

The Cultivators are a group of young earth-lovers helping to build the Gardens for Louisville and Southern Indiana. The purpose of the Cultivators is to assist in the development and building of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens through the following activities with individuals ages 35 and under:

– Fundraising
– Raising awareness
– Encouraging membership among members of the community
– Educational programs
– Volunteer activities

Learn more Join the Cultivators

View Cultivators Events

Dot Wade Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations to Mary Ayers and Amanda Schmitt, our Dot Wade Volunteer of the Year awardees!

This year’s award goes to Dot’s daughters, Amanda Schmitt and Mary Ayers, for their tireless work to this organization. Amanda and Mary are the co-chairs of our Volunteer Committee, which guides all of our volunteer commitments. In addition, they cook food for meetings and events, run errands, address envelopes, organize the storage unit, develop procedures for the committee, direct parking, set up and clean up for events, and more. Finally, they engage other members of their family (including Board member, Bill Wade) when more volunteers are needed.

The Dot Wade Volunteer of the Year Award is named in honor of our beloved board member, the late Dot Wade, who diligently worked for over 30 years to keep the vision of creating a botanical garden alive. The award is a way to thank volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their work to help the Waterfront Botanical Gardens effort.


cultivator volunteer of the year AWARD

Congratulations to Chelsea Powell, our Cultivator Volunteer of the Year awardee!

The Cultivators are our group of young professionals who are also working to make the Botanical Gardens Project a reality. This motivated group has their own governing council, their own members, and put on their own events. They are dedicated volunteers, and The Cultivator Volunteer of the Year for 2017 is Chelsea Powell. Chelsea’s commitment, reliability, punctuality, creative problem solving, willingness to take on any task, and smile earned her this award. We’re so glad Chelsea is a part of our team!