Volunteer

Wonder, Learn, Grow… Volunteer!

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.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Volunteers: 

In an effort to keep our volunteers, staff and visitors safe, Yew Dell has developed the following Guidelines specific to volunteers.  Thanks in advance for abiding by these to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others.

MASKS:  It is ESSENTIAL that all  volunteers BRING A MASK everytime you volunteer.  You MUST wear a mask when you pass through the Visitor Center.  Once you’ve passed through as long as you are physically distanced from other volunteers, visitors and staff you may take your mask off.  Thank you for taking this precaution for the safety of all on the Yew Dell grounds.

ADHERE TO COVID-19 ENTRY AND EXIT PROCESS AT THE VISITOR CENTER: If you enter the grounds during our open hours, you may find that there are visitors in line to purchase admission.  Because of COVID-19 we have the Visitor Center set up so those entering do so on the right hand side of the barn and those leaving do so on the left hand side of the barn closest to the Gift Shop.  Gift Shop staff are working hard to process admissions quickly.  If there’s a line, thanks for being patient and allowing visitors to complete the purchase of their admission before you enter.  This will help our staff more easily manage the flow of people coming and going during COVID-19.

SIGN IN AND OUT AT THE HORTICULTURE CENTER: All volunteers sign in and out at the Horticulture Center rather than in the Administrative Building and/or Visitor Center.  Don’t know where this is?  Ask at the Visitor Center.  Thank you for taking time to sign in and out!

Types of Volunteer Opportunities at Yew Dell: 

Garden Volunteer Opportunities
Nursery Volunteer Opportunities
Woodland Trail Opportunities
Second Saturday Workday Opportunities
Arboretum Workday Opportunities
Photography Opportunities
Tour Guide Volunteer Opportunities
Special Event Volunteer Opportunities
  • New Volunteers Welcome: Volunteer Orientations are normally scheduled on second Saturdays March-November from 9am-10am. Due to COVID-19 our orientations aren’t scheduled as frequently.  Complete the registration form at the bottom of the page and you’ll be contacted about the next available 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.

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Talia and Cassielle Wafford

Talia began volunteering at Yew Dell in Fall of 2019 assisting with seasonal decor and helping in the nursery and the gardens.  She returned in June of 2020 and brought her 9 year old daughter, Cassielle, with her to help out and learn about the nursery and the gardens.

Talia was coming out two half days a week for an extended period of time; one day dedicated to the nursery and the other dedicated to the gardens.  In late August she began a program of study that would limit her time to only one day.  Talia assumed she would have to give up her time helping in the nursery.  She shared, “I want to express that I have appreciated Cosmo’s guidance after Jacob. Also, Jacob’s trust put in me and his practical guidance. Last, but not least, I will miss my time spent with a more seasoned fellow volunteer like Mr. Ed Hill on Tuesday mornings.”  We have been able to set a schedule for Talia so that she — and Cassielle, when she can join Talia — can participate in helping in both the nursery and the gardens on a single day each week.

We are so grateful for Talia and Cassielle and hope that their experience will encourage other parents and children to seek opportunities to volunteer together here at Yew Dell.

Help us in welcoming our new Buildings and Grounds Technician, Brad Kessans! Brad graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2004 from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), majoring in Environmental Management. His previous career experiences includes being a public health coordinator for the Floyd County Indiana Health Department, utility director for The City of New Albany, botanical consultant for The Nature Conservancy, and a naturalist/assistant property manager for Clifty Falls, Charlestown, and Falls of the Ohio State Parks in Indiana. When he’s not at work, his hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and playing the guitar. “I am over joyed and honored to be part of the staff at this gorgeous and historic place. I look forward to maintaining Yew Dell’s prestigious reputation while assisting in its future successes.” #newtoyew ... See MoreSee Less
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Help us in welcoming our new Buildings and Grounds Technician, Brad Kessans! Brad graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2004 from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), majoring in Environmental Management. His previous career experiences includes being a public health coordinator for the Floyd County Indiana Health Department, utility director for The City of New Albany, botanical consultant for The Nature Conservancy, and a naturalist/assistant property manager for Clifty Falls, Charlestown, and Falls of the Ohio State Parks in Indiana. When he’s not at work, his hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and playing the guitar. “I am over joyed and honored to be part of the staff at this gorgeous and historic place. I look forward to maintaining Yew Dell’s prestigious reputation while assisting in its future successes.” #newtoyew ... See MoreSee Less
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Virtual Workshop spotlight: The Dirt on Potting Mix Saturday, March 6th 11:00 am-12:30 pmAre all potting mixes created equally? Absolutely not!Join Jacob Stidham, Greenhouse and Nursery Manager, for a virtual AND hands-on learning experience about what goes into a quality mix. Learn why cheaper is not better and how different mixes can be the recipe for success or disaster depending on when and how they are used. What is the deal with all of those little white balls in potting mix?! Can potting mix be reused year to year? All of this and much more will be covered. The week before the workshop you will stop by Yew Dell and pick up a take home potting mix kit that will include everything you will need to blend your own while following along with Jacob virtually.Follow the link to register: www.yewdellgardens.org/event/the-dirt-on-potting-mix-virtual-workshop-with-supplies-kit/Ticket sales end this Friday, February 26th at noon giving participants enough time to pick up their workshop supply kit.Photo taken by volunteer photographer, Stephen Love. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are open today! 👏 It is a beautiful day to visit the gardens. Hours: 10 am-4 pm Chinese Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis ‘Sachet’) blooming in the arboretum. #whatsinbloom ... See MoreSee Less
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