Garden and Collection Volunteers
Assist horticulturists in caring for a specific garden, one weekday morning each week during the growing season. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas from April through October, which include Display Horticulture and Living Collections. We welcome volunteers with a positive attitude and an upbeat personality. Ability to work well with a team of gardeners is a must. A willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions including heat, cool and wet weather is essential. Must be physically able to walk on uneven, grassy terrain, be able to bend, kneel, dig and use gardening implements. Each volunteer is responsible for providing their own work gloves, hat, gardening clothes, insect repellent, sunscreen and water bottle. Garden tools will be provided for gardening tasks. Season runs weekday mornings (Monday- Friday only) - April - October. Must be 18+ years old.
Children's Garden Weekend Volunteers
The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden is a magical place, and is especially busy on Wednesdays and weekends. Volunteers monitor for safety at the front gate, at the water features, and throughout the Garden. Volunteers also guide children in games, educational programming, and crafts, and teach families about the natural world. Children learn best through playing in this engaging and award-winning environment. Commitment minimum of two shifts each month, to be arranged with the Children's Garden staff. Morning and afternoon shifts available starting in March 2014. Children's Garden Volunteers must be 18+ years old, complete our training and pass a background check.
Bike Safety Patrol
Volunteers are sought to "ride the roads" April through October and provide information and assistance to individuals and families biking at the Arboretum. Weekends, Wednesdays, and Bike Nights are especially busy times. Experienced bikers with their own bicycle and safety equipment, who are available for a minimum of two shifts per month, may apply for this assignment. Must be 18+ years old.
Natural Area Volunteers
Invasive Plants grow and spread rapidly, crowding out native trees, wildflowers, and plants we want to establish in collections areas.Volunteers in good physical condition, able to navigate uneven terrain, and work in all weather conditions are welcome to join one of our work groups below. All workdays are weather dependent. Must be 18+years old.
Current openings below:
Heritage Trail Group – Friday mornings – 8:30-11:30 am
Honeysuckle Happy Hour - Friday afternoons 2:00 -5:00pm - or sunset