Volunteer

Volunteers grow community!

Volunteering at Yew Dell is a great way to meet new people and develop new skills in a beautiful setting. Whatever your skills or experience, we have a project that could use your talent. Training and materials are provided for all positions. Stay up to date with the volunteer program by signing up for the monthly Volunteer eNews at the bottom of this page!

Reattendance of orientation is required if two years have lapsed since one’s last volunteer date with Yew Dell.

Volunteer Matrix

To access your volunteer account to sign up for or cancel shifts, view your schedule, or review historic hours, click the button below and follow the instructions to log in.
(FAQs for Volunteer Matrix are coming soon.)

Our goal is to empower all volunteers to contribute to the mission of Yew Dell while providing a rewarding and engaging experience where all contributions are valued and appreciated.

Volunteer Opportunities

Click the tab to learn more about each opportunity. To sign up for any opportunity, please log into or create an account in Volunteer Matrix, then follow the prompts. 
(FAQs for Volunteer Matrix are coming soon.)

Looking to get involved? You’re in the right place! Join us for a Volunteer Orientation session to learn about all the volunteer opportunities Yew Dell has to offer and how to join our team!

To sign up for Orientation, visit Volunteer Matrix using the button at the top of this page, create an account, and select the best orientation date for you.

If you enjoy the outdoors and plants, we want you to join our team – whether beginner gardener or expert! If you want to help with a diverse range of projects, working closely with our staff, this is the opportunity for you! Needs on the grounds change seasonally, but may include specialized tasks such as pruning, plant cut back, plantings, trail work, and weeding.

Orientation Required

A tradition at Yew Dell since 2002, this opportunity allows you to get a taste of volunteering with Yew Dell. Meet our staff and other volunteers, get your hands dirty, and have a great time! Tasks may include weeding, mulching, planting, invasive removal, and more.​  Woodland Workdays occur monthly. Individuals, families, scouts, and groups welcome.​

Orientation not required

Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities

As members of KAVA (Kentuckiana Association for Volunteer Administrators), the volunteer coordinators at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest, Waterfront Botanical Gardens, and Yew Dell have concocted a new Reciprocal Volunteer Program!

We invite volunteers from all three participating organizations to visit, volunteer, and learn more about the host site. We hope to foster a sense of community and connection while learning about each other. Lunch will be provided by each organization, but transportation will not. Spots are very limited, so please visit the Volunteer Page of our website to sign up soon!*

Click here to see the event series pdf.

*This opportunity is open to current Yew Dell volunteers with up-to-date orientations

Volunteer Spotlight

We are thrilled to recognize Debbie Boklage in this month’s volunteer spotlight! 

Debbie has been volunteering since 2020, specializing in event and visitor experience enhancing opportunities from Cultural Pass check in to seasonal décor to being a founding member of our Fairy Forest Committee. Though she objects to being considered “crafty”, her commitment, generosity, and creative ideas are an incredible boon to the gardens and help bring out the whimsy in visitors of all ages. 

Thank YEW, Debbie!

Learn more about Debbie below.

Visiting Yew Dell with my great granddaughter, I realized what a unique treasure we have with Yew Dell and saw this as an opportunity to get involved. I believe my first project was creating the scarecrow, Yew Dahlia.

The variety of volunteer opportunities that are available year-round. Also, how friendly and supportive the entire staff and volunteers are at Yew Dell.

Every time I am in the Fairy Forest it is always fun observing visitors when they first encounter it. Regardless of one’s age, you see their excitement and wonderment.

I know nothing about plants, not a gardener and I’m not very “crafty!”

Sometimes people feel they cannot make a commitment to volunteer. Given the range of projects available and the variety of times you can work, it is easy to carve out a few hours each month. You don’t need any specific expertise to help. Most importantly you will enjoy the wonderful people you work with and build new friendships.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

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Nursery
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Photography

Docent
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Fairy
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Woodland
Trails

Are you interested in one of the opportunities above? Contact us using the button below for more information!

Volunteer FAQs

No! We take volunteers of all skill levels and you will certainly learn while working in the gardens.

Yew Dell will provide you all the tools needed for your task, but encourages you to bring your own garden gloves. If you have a favorite hand tools (like soil knives and pruners), we encourage you to bring them, just be sure they are labeled with your name and you don’t forget them when you leave!

 Yew Dell encourages volunteers to bring their own gloves, though we do have a small stash for those that don’t bring their own (though these may contain latex). We also encourage volunteers to bring water,  a snack, a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, or other items you may need for comfort while working outside. Closed-toed shoes are a requirement for all volunteering opportunities. You will receive an email before each shift with any additional notes related to your specific shift. 

Whether you are seeking service opportunities with your family, your church group, your youth organization, your school or simply on your own, we are excited to work with you to match you with appropriate activities that provide a fun and meaningful experience for you.

  • Volunteers who are ages 7-13 must have direct parent/guardian supervision.
  • Volunteers ages 14-17 may volunteer independently with a signed waiver.
  • Click here for more information.

Absolutely! If you are looking for a fun way for employees, church groups, classes, or other organizations to get involved as a group, we offer many exciting opportunities for small to large groups. Contact us using the button above to learn about current opportunities.

You can either email us using the button above or cancel using SignUp.com (the same way you signed up). To do this, you can click on the opportunity link you used to sign up, and delete your shift there. 

The majority of our volunteer opportunities occur between March and mid-December.

Absolutely! We understand that some volunteer shifts may be too long depending on the individual. Volunteers are not required to volunteer until the end of the time slot, but we request that all be present at the beginning and communicate with us if they need to leave early.

Connect with Us

Click the icon below to visit our Yew Dell Volunteers Facebook Group. Join for even more updates, stories, and fun!

Sign up for our monthly Volunteer eNews

Contact Us

Share your volunteering question here and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you whether it’s regarding your visit, gardening questions, or sharing a horticultural fun fact!

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