All volunteers must participate in orientation and training before they begin to volunteer. We also ask that you complete the Volunteer Waiver and Emergency Contact Form, and read and retain our Volunteer Agreement. If you or your group were not able to attend our annual Volunteer Open House, further opportunies are listed on the "Volunteer With Us" flyer below.

2019 ARBORETUM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Adopt‐a‐Plot in the Rose Garden: Care for a specified area in the gardens and provide routine garden maintenance

Arbor Day: Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm | Volunteer opportunities include tasks on April 26 and April 27.
•    Set‐up and label tables and chairs (April 26 only)
•    Set‐up and logistics (April 27)
•    Assisting with plant giveaway (April 27)
•    Event photography (April 27)
•    Take‐down and clean‐up (April 27)

Discovery Cart Educator: Design and implement activities for the Discovery Cart. (All volunteer positions involving children require a background check. This position requires a background check.)

Friends of The Arboretum organization opportunities (all require current membership status in Friends of the Arboretum) are:

•    Band Concert: Scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2019. Help with set up and take down for the band members, and photograph the event for use in public relations materials. Concert takes place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
•    Hospitality Committee: Work with the committee co‐chairs to provide light refreshments for predetermined events and functions. Set up refreshments prior to and clean up after each function.

•    Lecture Committee: Work with the committee co‐chairs to review and recommend speakers for the two annual Founders lectures.
•    Friends Membership Committee: Work with the committee chair and the Arboretum director to grow the number of members, and be responsible for tabling at functions and events at The Arboretum and other locations to promote membership.
•    Plant Exchange (Spring): Saturday, May 11, 2019. Set up labels in grass to receive items; assist participants in identifying and labeling plants in preparation for the exchange; carry plants and other items to pre‐determined area; and clean‐up.
•    Friends’ Plant Exchange (Fall): date depends on UK home football schedule. Set up labels in grass to receive items; assist participants in identifying and labeling plants in preparation for the exchange; carry plants and other items to pre‐determined area; and clean‐up.

Garden Guide Program Volunteer: Give one hour tour of the Home Demonstration Garden, Fragrance Garden and Flight 5191 Memorial Rose Garden to small groups of visitors.

Hundred Acre 5K to benefit the Walk Across Kentucky, co‐sponsored by John’s Run/Walk Shop, to be held at The Arboretum June 22, 2019. Tasks include preparing materials at John’s Shop (prior to June 22), and other tasks at the event itself (primarily course assurance and water stops).

Kentucky Children’s Garden (KCG) – KCG volunteer opportunities (all require a back ground check) are:

•    Event Volunteer: Staff stations and engage visitors in activities.
•    Field Trip Volunteer: Use teaching skills to present information at a station during field trips.
•    Greeter: Welcome and assist guests at the gates of the Kentucky Children’s Garden.
•    Model Train Operator: Maintain and operate the model trains in the Kentucky Children’s Garden.

Native Plants Volunteer: Work with the Native Plants staff to maintain the Walk Across Kentucky Collection and The Arboretum Woods on Thursdays from 10 am to 12 noon (throughout the year as weather permits).

Outreach Volunteer: Attend outreach events on behalf of The Arboretum.

StoryWalk Installer: Change the interpretive panels for the StoryWalk monthly (March through October).

Vegetable Garden Volunteers: Work with Horticultural staff to plant, maintain, harvest and help to educate visitors about vegetable gardening (Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon, throughout the year as weather permits).

If you have questions about this information, please contact us! The Arboretum
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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!

Horticulturist Jesse Dahl (far right) presenting a certificate to Hoe 'N Hope Garden Club at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch in recognition of their exceptional service throughout 2017.

If you have questions, please contact Annette Evans, Volunteer Services, at (859) 257-6955 or send an email to our general Arboretum email address: Arboretum@uky.edu

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