Volunteers are the heart of the Botanical Garden and our volunteers log thousands of hours each year in support of our mission to educate and entertain our visitors.
Our volunteers work in every area of our organization, including in the Garden itself, with adult and children’s programs, and for our special events. In 2021 we had over 200 volunteers help for a total of more than 13,000 hours!
Many of our volunteer gardeners are local Master Gardeners, but you don’t have to be a Master Gardener to help us with the greenhouse, mowing, the Butterfly House, and all the other tasks required to keep our Garden beautiful and healthy.
Areas to get involved:
Volunteers work in the visitor’s center daily in four-hour shifts. They serve as greeter, information source admissions, answer phones and direct calls to staff as necessary. Additionally, admissions volunteers may take cash, card or tickets during special events.
This opportunity involves letting visitors know about the benefits of Garden membership, garden events and programs.
Volunteers help educate children and adults alike about the importance of nature, gardens, and plants through field trips, tours, family events, and various programs. All educational volunteers will receive training.
Outreach volunteers educate the public on BGO events and community activities by distributing pamphlets and information at various events around Northwest Arkansas (requires a minimum of 15 volunteer hours in other areas of the garden).
Little Sprouts/Garden Buds
Volunteers help facilitate our weekly preschool/elementary garden time. Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean up, and program assistance which usually consists of a craft or project.
Volunteers maintain the Butterfly House daily, monitor the House during events and programs, and help to educate school children and guests about the butterfly life cycle
Volunteers serve year-round at Garden events in areas such as food and beverage set-up, serving, restocking and clean-up. Volunteers may also serve as gate greeters, garden docents and floaters. Most events are in the evening or on the weekend.
Volunteers work outside under the supervision of trained horticulturist. Tasks include planting, weeding, mulching, dead-heading, pruning, and more! Opportunities consist of a several hours a few times a week throughout the entirety of the year. Hours are not available weekends, late afternoon or evening. Group and independent volunteer opportunities are available year-round.
Volunteers work with staff to maintain the Garden structures and facilities. Often involves use of tools and equipment.