Arboretum Volunteer Form

Please fill out the following form, indicating which area you are most interested in. We hope that you know the arboretum staff, and the community that loves the EJC Arboretum, appreciates you!

A brief orientation meeting is required before volunteering may begin. Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an orientation.

We will contact you to set up an orientation time.

Do you have landscaping experience?


Also available weekends?
Times available during business hours:
AM to ; PM to

Volunteering Interests

Hands-On Volunteers

(Needed Weekdays only, 9 AM - 4 PM)

Green house plant propagation
Labeling plants/Plant ID
Indoor/outdoor Container gardens management
Maintain bird feeders, nesting boxes and birdfeed stock
Seasonal Kiosk display design
General garden maintenance
(including weeding, watering, planting & pruning)
Trail building

Frances Plecker Education Center Volunteers

(Needed Weekdays only, 9 AM - 4 PM)

Art Gallery Coordinator for monthly shows
Meet and greet Receptionist ~ assists with office work
Volunteer program and membership coordination
Social Media updates/blogging
Arboretum photographer

Tour Guides and Educational Programs

Guide for Childrens Tours and Programs
Guide for Master Garden and Garden Club, and other adult groups


Assist with plants sales
Assist with lecture and workshop events
Assist with fundraisers
I agree by submitting this web form, that I understand that participation in this activity is entirely voluntary. I understand that activities in natural areas may involve certain physical hazards, including but not limited to the lack of immediate medical services due to remote location. I consent by signing this form to hold harmless JMU and any of its agents, officers and agents and the EJC Arboretum in consideration of being allowed to participate as a volunteer. I understand that JMU cannot undertake financial responsibility for me or my personal property in the event I am injured or my personal property is damaged or lost while volunteering. I confirm by submitting this web form, that I do not have on my record felony distribution of drugs or violent offense and am not currently facing felony charges for either distribution or violent offense. I hereby verify that I have no known medical condition which would impair my ability to participate as a landscape volunteer. I further authorize and grant permission to treat to first responder(s) to save life, limb, or physical well-being, should medical treatment be necessary and authorization be required, should I be incapacitated during the activity.
I have read the aforementioned terms and conditions regarding volunteering at the arboretum.

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Grounds open free to the public, dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
The Arboretum offices in the Frances Plecker Ed Center are open weekdays. Calls and emails are answered from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except holidays. Check the website calendar for holiday closings.

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Directions to the EJC Arboretum
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University
(540) 568-3194
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807