Volunteering during Winter Lights

Looking for ways to give back this season? Volunteer with us at Winter Lights! Last year, we were grateful to have more than 200 volunteers donate over 4,000 hours during the course of the event. From greeters to fire pit attendants to G-scale train operators, there are a variety of volunteer positions available. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups aged 18 or older. Volunteers that complete three shifts will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the show or pass on to a friend!

Please check back soon for information on volunteer positions and how to sign up.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers learn new skills, meet like-minded people and participate in the Arboretum’s largest fundraiser. Funds raised during Winter Lights help improve programming, exhibits and  gardens and help achieve the Arboretum’s mission of cultivating connections between people, plants and places. In addition to receiving discounts at Bent Creek Bistro and the Connections Gallery gift shop, all active volunteers receive special invites to workshops, events and training throughout the year. We appreciate all the time and talents that our volunteers give but we also recognize volunteers that give more!

Volunteers that complete three shifts will receive two complimentary tickets to attend Winter Lights or pass on to a friend! Volunteers with 5 hours or more are invited to the Winter Lights Wrap Up Party in early January. Volunteers that complete 10 hours or more will also be invited to the Winter Lights Rehearsal Night in 2020. Volunteers with 40 hours or more will also be invited to the 2020 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. 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.

For more information about volunteering, please contact Cat Dillard, volunteer coordinator, at cdillard@ncarboretum.org.