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The Arboretum depends on dedicated and interested individuals just like you!

Nearly 200 volunteers give over 6,000 hours each year to The Dawes Arboretum.  Learn new skills as you help contribute to increasing the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world.  There is an opportunity for nearly everyone and all interests, including:

Education – Help teach children and adults the nuts and bolts of who we are—trees, history and nature! Assist with school field trips, night hikes, Storybook Science and more!

Horticulture – Provide assistance in areas such as plant records, nursery and herbarium. Or, help with our annual Plant Sale.

History – Become a docent and lead guided tours through the Daweswood House Museum. Volunteers also play a vital role in maintaining archives and manning the History Center.

Conservation – Opportunities to assist with land restoration and native plant production, invasive weed control, bluebird monitoring, Monarch butterfly rearing, tree planting and more!

Grounds and Garden Maintenance – Join our Central Grounds Garden Corps to work with annual and perennial plantings or assist with tasks that keep our grounds in pristine condition. There are also opportunities plant, water and harvest vegetables in our Learning Garden or try your hand at wreath making during the annual “Deck the Dawes” event.

Community Outreach – Assist with mailings, outreach, community events and more! Help with one of our many special events such as the Arbor Day Festival or Maple Syrup Days. As ambassadors for The Arboretum at our festivals and in the community, volunteers share information with countless individuals and support our mission.

Benefits of Volunteering at The Dawes Arboretum

  • Opportunity for a complimentary Sugar Maple level membership for those who volunteer 40 hours or more per year
  • Invitation to our annual Plant Sale Preview for those who volunteer 60 hours or more per year
  • Select free programming throughout the year
  • Social gatherings including the Volunteer Breakfast and Appreciation Dinner
  • The opportunity to have fun, learn new skills and be appreciated by staff, trustees and other volunteers.

For more specific information about opportunities, please contact Leslie Bline directly, at 740.323.4422 ext. 1209 or labline@dawesarb.org.  Click here to download The Arboretum’s volunteer application.