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.

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

Volunteer Spotlight

We are thrilled to honor Ian Japely in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight!

Ian attended volunteer orientation in August of this year. He showed his dedication to the gardens immediately by jumping straight into the Second Saturday Workday afterwards. Since then, he’s donated over 50 hours of volunteering to Yew Dell. He is always eager to try something new and has helped with an immense variety of projects from gardening to invasive removal on the trails to making wreaths to plant sale set up to making new fencing in the fairy forest and beyond. We are thrilled to have him as part of our Yew Dell family and can’t wait to grow with him! THANK YEW, Ian!

Meet Ian:

Q: How did you first get involved with Yew Dell?

A: My parents and Aunt visited here several times in the past. They found some beautiful hydrangeas that they liked and purchased them. From that point on I knew where Yew Dell was and always remembered it.

Q: What surprised you the most about volunteering at Yew Dell?

A: How big it is! It has a very unique layout with many different sections. I am also surprised and impressed how every work shift is fun!

Q: What has been your favorite experience at Yew Dell?

A: Working with the staff and volunteers and getting to know them is what I like best at Yew Dell.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?

A: I am an artist and enjoy sketching portraits of people and scenery. I also take pride in soaking up all I can learn at a job and do my best.

Q: What would you say to someone interested in volunteering at Yew Dell?

A: I would recommend to any age group to sign up! It is fun and rewarding work.

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 scheduled on second Saturdays March-November from 9am-10:30 am.  Interested in volunteering? Email our Volunteer & Website Coordinator, Amanda Barnett at [email protected] to receive information about the next available orientation or sign up here.
  • 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.

For questions or additional information about volunteering, please email us at [email protected]. Thank you!