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

Lisa began volunteering in May this year and jumped in with both feet! She’s helped with a diverse range of volunteer opportunities from gardening to Cultural Pass check in to helping run the booth at Oldham County Day to helping with behind-the-scenes administrative opportunities. Lisa is eager to share her passion for Yew Dell with the community, is always looking to learn more, and is simply a joy to work with. We look forward to a bright future ahead working alongside Lisa.

THANK YEW for everything you do, Lisa!
We are thrilled to honor Lisa LeCompte in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight! 

My husband and I became members a few years ago and always enjoyed visiting.  After retiring from Louisville Tourism in 2021, I knew I wanted to explore volunteer opportunities and learn more about gardening.  Yew Dell seemed like the perfect place!

There are so many different ways to get involved from garden work days to helping promote the gardens.  

It’s hard to pick just one!  I always enjoy learning more about the gardens and the plans for the future.  Getting to know the staff has been a treat.  Everyone is so warm and welcoming and passionate about Yew Dell.

I was very involved in 4-H growing up and sewing was my favorite project.  Now that I’m retired, I hope to get reacquainted with the sewing machine 🙂

You will love it!  It’s very rewarding to be a part of such a unique and special place. 

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.

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.

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 

Fall
Wreaths

Fall Wreath Prep: Gather materials to dry for Fall Wreaths.
Aug. 9, 10-12pm
Aug. 10, 10-12pm*
Aug. 11, 7:30-9:30am*


Fall Wreath Making: No experience needed! This is a fun way to use plants from your garden and we encourage everyone to join!
Aug. 23, 10-12pm & 1-3 pm
Aug. 24, 10-12 pm* & 1-3 pm
Aug. 26, 7:30-9:30am & 9:30-11:30 am

*Replacing Garden Workday
Orientation required.

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. 

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