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Volunteers are an essential element that keeps the Arboretum beautiful and inviting. You can make a vital difference in Arboretum programs, gardens and grounds, inspiring our visitors and supporting the Arboretum staff. Whether you already have a passion for gardening and nature, or want to learn something new, consider becoming part of this generous, enthusiastic group who support the EJC Arboretum!

Volunteer hours are generally Monday - Friday during business hours with some occassional weekend events throughout the year.

There are a variety of ways to volunteer at the arboretum: 

Hands-On Volunteers

  • Help with general garden maintenance (weeding, watering, planting & pruning).
  • Focus on a specific areas or interests like the herb garden or butterflies
  • Fill, clean and monitor feeders and nest boxes
  • Groups are welcome to volunteer together

Tour Guides & Educators 

  • Present educational programs for school groups
  • Help with special events like Storytime, Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes and Harvest Festival
  • Give guided tours on specific topics or areas to all sorts of groups on request
  • Interpretive internship available for JMU students
  • Training provided

Submit the form below that applies to you, if you have any questions please contact the Volunteer coordinator, Janis Traas at (540)-568-3194 or via email (traasjm@jmu.edu

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

(540)-568-3194 | ejcarboretum@jmu.edu 
Grounds | Free to the public | Dawn to dusk | 365 days a year
Frances Plecker Education Center | Monday - Friday | 8 AM - 4 PM

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