Volunteers grow community!

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

Katie joins us from Spalding University’s Occupational Therapy Program and has chosen Yew Dell as the recipient of her Capstone project. She is working with our team to increase accessibility to volunteering for individuals with physical and cognitive deficits. We are very excited to put her work into action and see how much we grow through her work!

We are thrilled to honor Katie Kutrubis in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight! 

I heard about Yew Dell through their partnership with Spalding’s Occupational Therapy Program.

The camaraderie among the weekly volunteers and staff

Getting to hear about other volunteer’s passion for gardening and learn from them along the way!

Prior to becoming a volunteer at Yew Dell, I had never gardened before!

It’s a great opportunity to get involved in something new regardless of your gardening experience.

Volunteer Opportunities

Training and materials are provided for all positions. Keep in mind if you are working outside that you should wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Ongoing Opportunities


Want to get involved? Join a Volunteer Orientation to learn about all the volunteer opportunities Yew Dell has to offer! Register above to receive instructions on how to sign up for an upcoming orientation.

We request reattendance of orientation if two years have lapsed since one’s last volunteer date with Yew Dell.

Click here for information regarding Youth Volunteering.


If you enjoy the outdoors and plants, we want you to join our team – whether beginner gardener or expert! If you want to help with a diverse range of projects, working closely with our staff, this is the opportunity for you! Needs on the grounds change seasonally, but may include specialized tasks such as pruning, plant cut back, plantings, trail work, and weeding

Orientation required


A tradition at Yew Dell since 2002, this opportunity allows you to get a taste of volunteering with Yew Dell. Meet our staff and other volunteers, get your hands dirty, and have a great time! Tasks may include weeding, mulching, planting, invasive removal, and more.​  Woodland Workdays occur monthly. Individuals, families, scouts, and groups welcome.​

Attending orientation is recommended after participating in two Saturday Workdays.

Upcoming Seasonal Opportunities

Fall Plant Sale

Calling all Plant Haulers! Yew Dell is looking for some strong backs to help our guests transport their plants to checkout to their vehicles during this annual plant sale on October 1.

Orientation is recommended but not required.

Boo Dell

Join us as we prepare for our family-friendly Halloween Event, Boo Dell! Volunteers will help set up and photograph the event, and more!

Orientation is recommended but not required. Volunteers at the event are encouraged (but not required) to wear a costume.


Join us Fridays and Saturdays, November 24-through December 16 for our yearly holiday tradition of Yuletide! Volunteers will help with event preparation and facilitation.

Orientation is recommended but not required. 

Other Volunteer Opportunities







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 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 (though these may contain latex). We also encourage volunteers to bring water,  a snack, 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.

  • Volunteers who are ages 7-13 must have direct parent/guardian supervision.
  • Volunteers ages 14-17 may volunteer independently with a signed waiver.
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Absolutely! 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 using the button above to learn about current opportunities.

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. 

The majority of our volunteer opportunities occur between March and mid-December.

Absolutely! We understand that some volunteer shifts may be too long depending on the individual. Volunteers are not required to volunteer until the end of the time slot, but we request that all be present at the beginning and communicate with us if they need to leave early.

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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Share your volunteering question here and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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