Share your interests, learn new skills, and support Cylburn.
Give back to your community while working with others who share your love of nature in a beautiful setting that offers a different opportunity with each changing season!
With more than 20 different gardens, Cylburn is the perfect opportunity for experienced or novice gardeners to learn proper care and maintenance. Volunteers assist planting, weeding, pruning, and so much more! This is a way to learn both basic and natural areas at Cylburn. Volunteers should be comfortable bending and kneeling for extended periods of time.
Meets every Monday 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Wednesday 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (spring only), and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3.5 miles of trails wind through the woodlands of Cylburn, where native plants, wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife thrive. Trail maintenance is focused on planting and nurturing native plants, the removal of invasive species and much more. Trails volunteers should be comfortable walking, bending and kneeling for extended periods of time.
Meets every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Deer Fence Maintenance
With great flowers comes great responsibility. The “Deer Brigade” is responsible for walking the perimeter of the grounds, checking the deer fence for breaks, and making repairs.
Meets on the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd of every month.
Local schools come to visit us to help with a service project, go on a nature themed walk, make a craft, or learn about Cylburn’s history. If you love working with children this is a great opportunity for you!
Do you have a passion for story-telling and rich histories? Are you the ‘un-official’ tour guide with friends and family? If so, then consider becoming a Cylburn Docent! This is one of the best ways to gain intimate knowledge of the history and current life of the Arboretum. Docents provide tours and lead field trips of the Vollmer Center, the grounds, Mansion and the Nature Museum. Training will be provided to familiarize you with Cylburn’s history and the basic knowledge you need to lead a successful tour. Additional trainings may occur throughout the year to provide updated information.
Docents are asked to set a regular schedule with the Volunteer Coordinator of times they will be available to lead tours.
From planning to clean up on the day of an event, there’s much behind-the-scenes work for our special events! Not only do our events volunteers help out with these processes, but they are also the face of the organization on the day of an event, welcoming visitors and ensuring that everything goes smoothly.
Events occur throughout the year and a call for volunteers usually goes out a few weeks before each event.
How to Volunteer
- Please fill out and email a volunteer application to Megan Young, see below.
- You’ll be contacted by email or phone to set up an interview to go over your interests and schedule
No experience is needed but is always welcomed. Hands-on training is offered on all outdoor projects and orientation is provided for hosts and guides.
Cylburn welcomes volunteer service from corporations, schools, and service organizations. Group projects have included, clearing trails, weeding, removing invasive plants, and setting up for special events.
Volunteer orientations are offered in March and August. Check our calendar for details.