Wonder, Learn, Grow… Volunteer!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In response to recent updates on COVID19 and to protect the health of our visitors, volunteers and staff, Yew Dell has decided to close to the public until April 20th. In keeping with this all volunteer activities have been suspended during this time. We invite those interested in learning about our opportunities to continue submitting inquiries during this time. We will look forward to engaging you as soon as we determine it is safe to resume volunteer activity in our beautiful setting. Click here for more information.
Yew Dell has a dedicated group of volunteers with a large range of skills that help at special events or in day to day activities. We would love to have you join our group of wonderful volunteers!
Whatever your skills or experience, we have a project that could use your talent. Coming out to volunteer is a great way to meet new people, learn more about gardening, or develop a new skill. Yew Dell provides a beautiful outdoor setting to work in individually or as a group. We have opportunities that are great for novice gardeners, Master Gardeners, or even those who are not blessed with a green thumb.
March – November between 9am – 12pm.
- New Volunteers Welcome: Volunteer Orientations are scheduled on second Saturdays March-November from 9am-10am. Click here to sign up for Orientation.
- Training and materials are provided for all positions. Keep in mind if you are working outside that you will want to wear comfortable shoes and might want to wear something you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
We are open to suggestions. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Ryan – (502) 241-4788.
Karl Klein has been involved with Yew Dell since the very beginning… quite literally. Karl grew up at Yew Dell and has helped shape it into the Botanical Gardens our community enjoys today. As a part of the rough and tough original Second Saturday Workday crew (Karl Klein, Janice Morgan, Fran Tiller, Wes Krupiczewicz, Holly Cooper and Stan Hankins) Karl has made it out for practically every Second Saturday Workday since 2006. Karl is reliable, steadfast, handy and so knowledgeable about plants. He comes out with short notice to help with projects only suitable for Paul Bunyan. One day after a bad storm, Karl checked on the old Pine tree only to discover a fallen branch on the path. Before Yew Dell opened to the public, he independently chainsawed the fallen branch and cleaned up the mess. Karl doesn’t like to fuss about his good deeds, so most don’t know the extent of his generosity. Whether the task is big or small, Karl is willing to pitch in: tours, cutting bamboo for the Girl Scouts’ scarecrows, driving the tractor for the Boo Dell hay ride, donating hay bales, allowing people to park in his property during Boo Dell, assisting with the Pollinator Meadow, or just making an extra effort to take a group of volunteers to see an old VW car hidden in the Woodland Trails after a workday. It’s inspiring to work alongside a member of the Klein family. Karl’s stories of the past and knowledge of plants gives greater meaning to the work we do at Yew Dell. Thanks, Karl, for keeping our gardens growing!