Volunteer Shifts Canceled through April 30

After careful consideration and for the safety of our volunteers, the Arboretum is suspending all organized volunteer shifts through April 30, 2020. The Arboretum continues to diligently monitor, develop and execute plans in response to COVID-19 (the coronavirus). We will provide further updates and guidance on our volunteering program and rescheduled training dates by early April.

Volunteers are the heart of The North Carolina Arboretum, contributing their time, talents, enthusiasm and energy to every aspect of operations. The North Carolina Arboretum’s volunteers have been an integral part of the Arboretum’s history and help achieve the mission of cultivating connections between people and plants.

Volunteering at The North Carolina Arboretum

Volunteers learn new skills, make a positive impact on the environment and advance The North Carolina Arboretum’s mission through their hands-on support of the gardens and programs. All active volunteers who give a minimum of 50 hours of service a year receive a free parking pass for the extent of their commitment. Volunteers also receive discounts at Bent Creek Bistro and Connections Gallery and receive special invites to workshops, events and training.

Volunteer Requirements

Regular volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and may commit to a weekly, monthly or “on-call” schedule, based on department needs. After completing a volunteer application, background check and orientation, volunteers train alongside Arboretum staff and experienced volunteers. To learn more, email volunteering@ncarboretum.org or call 828-665-2492 ext. 333.

Attend a Volunteer Training Session

New volunteers are encouraged to attend a Volunteer Informational Meeting. These meetings are scheduled three times per month from March to October and are a great way for prospective volunteers to learn about the Arboretum’s history, mission and programs. Then, come out to learn the finer points of a specific position at one of our volunteer training sessions. View all of our upcoming meetings and training sessions below:

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Get plugged in this holiday season with Winter Lights!

Volunteering with Winter Lights is a great way to get involved and give back! There are plenty of places to get plugged into The North Carolina Arboretum's spectacular display of holiday lights as a volunteer, where you can play a role in making our biggest fundraiser of the year a resounding success.

Corporate & Group Volunteers

Service organizations, corporate teams, garden clubs, fraternities and sororities…any organized group, up to 25 participants, can provide invaluable assistance during one-day sessions that can be scheduled throughout the year. Find out how your group can work with The North Carolina Arboretum, email volunteering@ncarboretum.org or call 828-665-2492 ext. 333.

Download Group Application Form

Individual

After completing a volunteer application, background check and orientation, volunteers train alongside Arboretum staff and experienced volunteers.  To learn more, email volunteering@ncarboretum.org or call 828-665-2492 ext. 333.

Volunteer Today!

To learn more, email volunteering@ncarboretum.org or call 828-665-2492 ext. 333.