Please note: Our Winter Hours are in effect until March 30.

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.

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.

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!

After completing the Registration Form using the button below, you will receive an email with a link to choose your orientation date.

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

Feeling creative? Sign up for one of the opportunities below to enhance our Fairy Forest!

Volunteers will assist guests with transporting their plants from the Plant Market to check out to their vehicle, then return wagons to the plant market.  Volunteers assist guests with Work alongside staff to answer questions about Yew Dell Memberships and general Yew Dell information. Volunteers for this shift must be well-versed in the aforementioned information.

Orientation Required

Volunteer Spotlight

We are thrilled to recognize Arvin Academy’s Young Adult Transition Program (YATP) volunteers in the volunteer spotlight!

Students from YATP have been volunteering with Yew Dell for a few years and always jump into any project thrown their way. Students this school year have worked with horticulture staff in the gardens and arboretum as well as assembling 600 craft kits for our Yuletide event!

Their impact on Yew Dell is palpable and we’re looking forward to growing even more with them! Thank YEW, YATP Volunteers!

Learn more about YATP volunteers below.

​ How did you first get involved with Yew Dell?

YATP started volunteering with Yew Dell a few years ago and we’ve enjoyed having such a wonderful local organization host us!

Yew Dell has so much land and area to explore!

YATP loves being valued team members for Yew Dell projects! We enjoy helping maintain the grounds and getting materials ready for events!

Yew Dell is a great place to volunteer and connect with nature!

Other Volunteer Opportunities

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Nursery
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Photography

Docent
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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.
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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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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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