To fulfill our mission here at the Gardens, we rely on the active participation of
members from the community. Our past, present, and future successes are
due in large part to the skills and dedication of WBG volunteers. Whether they
are supporting community outreach, operational support or getting their hands
dirty in the garden, our volunteer community has a place for everyone regardless
of their level of experience.
By volunteering, you have the opportunity to participate in the growth of our
project, educate guests of all ages, develop new skills, and – of course – tend to
the gardens themselves. WBG is an ever-changing and rewarding place, and
we look forward to having you play a direct role in its growth!
How to Volunteer
It’s easy! Start by creating a profile in VolunteerHub to view upcoming volunteer orientations with us.
We use VolunteerHub to manage our volunteer needs & projects.
For more information on becoming a Volunteer or Garden Guide, please contact Molly Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
General Volunteer Orientations
New volunteer? Long-time volunteer who needs a refresher on everything that’s
going on at the Gardens? Please sign up to attend one of our upcoming general
orientation sessions. The content at each is the same, so you’ll only need to
ZOOM general wbg volunteer orientationS
Typically held the first Friday and Saturday of each month via Zoom.
General Volunteer Orientations will resume in February of 2024.
Please check the VolunteerHub calendar in January, 2024 to register.
Once you register for the session in VolunteerHub, you will be emailed additional information to attend the course.
Wbg garden guide training classes
The WBG Garden Guides serve as an essential part of the daily operations of the botanical gardens during visiting hours.
WBG Garden Guides are dependable, committed individuals who are willing and able to help us educate and inspire our guests and ensure that they have a positive garden experience.
In order to graduate, prospective Garden Guides are required to complete all the coursework in the training, including the final “graduation,” where they will demonstrate their knowledge for WBG staff.
For more detailed information on the program, please refer to the following documents:
Upcoming Garden Guide TRAINING:
Garden Guide training will resume in February of 2024.
If you are interested in becoming a Garden Guide, please email Molly Young at email@example.com to be added to the list.
All interested parties will be notified via email once the February 2024 training has been scheduled.
Volunteer opportunities at the avish estate
The Avish Estate is our satellite garden space in Prospect.
As the estate is a private residence, please do not visit the property outside of the designated times for volunteer work or WBG-hosted classes and workshops.
If you would like to volunteer for opportunities at the Avish Estate, please see above to create or sign in to your VolunteerHub account.
General Volunteer waiver
While all waivers should be signed digitally in your VolunteerHub account when you sign up for a task, if you need a hard copy of our general waiver, please see below:
Dot Wade Volunteer of the Year Award
Dot Wade was a volunteer board member for Botanica Inc. for many years. Her spirit lives on through the amazing volunteers who keep this project moving forward.
2015 – Valerie J. Smith
2016 – Tim Baker
2017 – Amanda Schmitt and Mary Ayers
2018 – Tavia Cathcart Brown
2019 – Ned Price
2021 – Donna and Stan Nistler
2022 – Mark Gaff
2023 – Trudi Cooke