Last year we had nearly 200 people volunteer over 5000 hours!  Dawes could not be the beautiful, amazing place it is without the support of our valued volunteers.

If the winter cold has you moving in slow motion, know that we are busy preparing for the upcoming spring.  One of the busiest times at The Arboretum is just around the corner — Maple Syrup Madness.  If you need a reason to get moving this winter, join us on Feb 19th from 9am — noon for a Maple Syrup Training.  Then, sign-up for one or more evaporator shifts between February 21 through March 8.

As a maple syrup volunteer, you can choose to stay cozy warm in the Log Cabin while boiling down maple sap and talking with visitors, or lead a public tour along the new trail. As we move into spring, think ahead to the warmer, busier months and fun events like the Arbor Day Festival (April 25), Plant Sale and Garden Fair (May 16), Japanese Garden Opening (May 30) and Food Truck Rodeo (August 21).  Or, do you have an interest in history? Join us after maple syrup training to learn about becoming a docent in the Daweswood House Museum and History Center .

As a volunteer, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a Sugar Maple Membership after 40 hours of service, can attend select classes and social events at The Arboretum at no cost and learn alongside knowledgeable staff.  And don’t forget — you can use your volunteer hours at The Arboretum towards your Master Gardener or Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist requirements.

Come be an active part of what makes The Dawes Arboretum one of the greatest places in Ohio!  If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 740.323.2355 or