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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.

Community volunteers who reach 25 hours of service within one year of time receive free Friends of the Arboretum Membership. See member benefits

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 specific areas or interests like the herb garden or butterflies
  • Fill, clean and monitor feeders and nest boxes
  • Groups are welcome to volunteer together

Family Garden Host:

  • Family Garden hosts are needed to tidy up the garden and share our pop-up activity cart materials with visitors. Hosts will volunteer for 2-hour shifts in the morning or early afternoon Monday – Friday. Days worked may be flexible. To sign up, fill out our Community Volunteer Form

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).

Interpretive Internship - Apply now!

Apply now!

Interpretive Interns work with the Education Coordinator to lead guided tours at the Arboretum for early elementary school field trips. Training provided; no prior environmental or outdoor education experience necessary. Applicants should have a desire to work with elementary students and to learn about our flora and fauna.

Interpretive Internship Application

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