Every year, hundreds of volunteers contribute thousands of hours to help The Arboretum. Volunteers help staff in many ways and in many areas including the Rose Garden, Walk Across Kentucky Native Plant Collection and the Kentucky Children's Garden.

The Friends of The Arboretum, our support and member organization, also provide many opportunities for your time and talent, whether seeking new members, providing refreshments, planning special events and in many other ways!

With the arrival of cooler temperatures, our volunteer opportunities are very limited until Spring. However, when the weather allows, you will still find our Native Plants Volunteers working in the Walk Across Kentucky Collection on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Both new and experienced volunteers are welcome to join this hardy crew! All volunteers must complete Volunteer Forms before they work in any volunteer capacity at The Arboretum. You may come to the Visitor Center (Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) to pick up a Volunteer Packet. Everything you need to know about volunteering is in this packet.

Arboretum staff take time during winter to evaluate how volunteers have been incorporated into their areas of responsibility, consider what their volunteer needs will be for the coming year, prepare plants for cold weather and plan for Spring planting and other activities.

We would like to hear from our seasoned and experienced volunteers regarding their volunteer experience in 2017. We are preparing a survey that will be ready shortly. Please note this survey is in addition to the education survey also available for you to complete on our homepage or here:


Visit the Forms tab to find all documents needed to volunteer with The Arboretum. Completed forms can be returned to:

Molly Davis, Director
500 Alumni Drive
Lexington, KY 40503

or via email to: molly.davis1@uky.edu

As we evaluate what Volunteer Opportunities will be offered in 2018, you can click here to view a list of our 2017 Volunteer Opportunities

Detailed descriptions of each opportunity are described below:

Adopt a Plot

Arbor Day


Birdhouse Display

Community Relations Committee

Docent in Training

Docent Tour Guide

Education Outreach Specialist

Events Photographer

Friends Charter Review Committee

Friends Lecture Committee

Friends Membership Commiitee 

Friends Plant Exchanges 

Garden Heroes 

Hospitality Committee Member

KCG Event Volunteer 

KCG Field Trip Volunteer 

KCG Greeter 

KCG Model Train Operator

Membership Assistant

Native Plant Volunteer

Party for the Pumpkins

Plant Photographer 

Spring/Winter Prep Volunteer


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