Volunteer

From Beginning Gardener to Master Gardener, there's a place for everyone.

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.

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 Spotlight

Lynne has been an absolute gem to work with over the last year. Her contributions to the Fairy Forest, Boo Dell Scarecrows, and Yuletide decorations have brought endless joy to countless visitors.

We are so pleased that she’s part of our team and continues to share her creative enthusiasm with our community!

THANK YEW for your constant support and outstanding contributions to the garden, Jen!

We are thrilled to honor Lynne Dowlingin this month’s Volunteer Spotlight! 

I first got involved with Yew Dell after seeing the Fairy Garden for the first time. I was so charmed by the Fairy structures I decided to make miniatures to place in my gardens in my Prospect backyard for my great nieces and nephew.  That then led me to signing up to become a Yew Dell volunteer, and since then have worked on several themed projects for Yew Dell.

 I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth and welcoming nature of the many volunteers I encountered, as well their dedication and time spent in support of Yew Dell in myriad ways,

 This is a hard one, but I guess I’d say I have favorite experiences, not just one: making scarecrows for Boo Dell, creating natural botanical- themed Christmas ornaments for the Yuletide tree displays, and having my husband join in the effort to refurbish Fairy houses and serve as hosts/guides during the Yuletide festivities.

I am an accomplished equestrian, gourmet cook, have lived in 10 US states, Scotland (5 years), England (4 years), and traveled extensively  on every world continent except South America and Antarctica.

There are so many ways to volunteer—check out all the options and participate in the excellent volunteer orientation class.  You’re bound to find something that meshes with your personal passions.  

Volunteer Opportunities

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 clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Orientations and Garden Workdays have concluded for the 2022 season. Sign up for our Volunteer eNews below for updates on when they will restart in early Spring 2023!
There are limited seasonal opportunities available; sign up below!

Garden
Workdays

If you love being outdoors and around plants Yew Dell can always use a few more gardeners – whether beginner or expert! The need in the gardens changes from season to season, but there is always plenty that needs to be done. Tasks include weeding, pruning, mulching, raking, planting and more.

Orientation required

Saturday
Workdays

A tradition at Yew Dell since 2002, this is a great opportunity to get a taste of what volunteering in the gardens is like before attending an orientation to learn more about volunteering. Come out, meet other volunteers, work in the gardens and have a great time! Individuals and groups welcome.

Orientation required after participating in two Saturday Workdays.

Volunteer
Orientation

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!

Please note that participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult to orientation. See FAQ below for more information about youth volunteers.

We request that those who have not volunteered since before spring of 2021 reattend orientation prior to registering for volunteer opportunities.

Administrative
Opportunities

Work with us behind the scenes on a variety of projects including assembling marketing folders, branding bags, and occasional clerical work.

Orientation required

Nursery
Volunteers

Are you interested in a "behind the scenes" look at how plants make their way through the nursery then into our garden and gardens throughout our community? Reach out to learn about how to get involved in the Nursery Program!

Orientation required; limited spots available

Volunteer
Photography

Our photographers work to capture the beauty of the gardens as well as the human element. The photos and videos provided by our volunteer photographers may be utilized in social media posts, website updates, printed publications and more.

Orientation required

Docent
Program

Yew Dell has a fascinating history, beautiful gardens, and lots of charm to share with guests. If you want to learn more about Yew Dell and share that information, then this is the perfect task for you! Mandatory orientation and training are required for those approved for this role.

Orientation required

Fairy
Volunteers

Help to spark the imagination of visitors of all ages! Fairy volunteers get creative building houses for our Fairy Forest as well as assisting in its maintenance throughout the year.

Orientation may be required 

Woodland
Trails

Assist in maintaining our Woodland Trails with the removal of invasive plants and clearing of trails.

This is a great opportunity for both individuals and groups alike.

Orientation may be required 

Seasonal Opportunities

Yuletide
Event

Orientation required

Join us as we celebrate Yuletide in the gardens this season! There are a variety of volunteer shifts each night ranging from welcoming guests to craft help to photography! 

November 25-27,
December 2-4, & 9-11

Volunteers age 14-17 must be signed up alongside another volunteer for each shift.
Contact us with any questions.

Yuletide
Lighting

Orientation required

Work alongside our Building & Grounds Maintenance team to  remove holiday lights for our Yuletide Event. 

December 12-16: (10 am-12 pm and 1 pm-3 pm; removal)
Ladders will not be required for volunteers.

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 different 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. We also encourage volunteers to bring water,  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.
You must be 14 years or older to volunteer, though a guardian must be onsite during the volunteer shift. Volunteers who are ages 7-13 must have direct parent/guardian supervision. Yew Dell has a variety of opportunities for youth. 
Click here for more information.

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 to learn about current opportunities.

Yew Dell hosts a variety of events throughout the year for the community, fundraising, members, children, etc. If you like being a part of the hustle and bustle of a busy event or just enjoy meeting new people, then you would have a blast volunteering at special events by helping with: check-in, children activities, event planning, auctions, and so much more (some events have mandatory orientation). Volunteers help with event set up and break down as well.

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. 

Connect with Us

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

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