Adult Garden Guides
Lead tours throughout the season at Garden in the Woods
Expand your knowledge of native plants, meet interesting people, and spread the word about native plant conservation by becoming a volunteer guide this year.
Guides lead our informal guided walks, which are given every day the Garden is open from April 15 to October 31. These informal walks are held at 10:00 a.m. on weekdays and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Guides also lead tours for pre-arranged groups such as garden clubs, senior citizens, horticultural organizations, etc. throughout the season.
Please submit a Guide Application Form to apply.
To watch a video of a recent tour given on a rainy summer day, click here.
Weekday Guide Training Dates - 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 9:30-noon - new guides only
Wednesday, March 27, 9:30-noon - new and returning guides
Wednesday, April 3, 9:30-noon - new and returning guides
Wednesday, April 10, 9:30-noon - new and returning guides
Weekend Guide Training Dates - 2013
Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., new and returning guides
Wednesday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. new and returning guides
Saturday, April 13, 9:30-1:00 p.m. new and returning guides
Guides sign up for weekday or weekend tours, as fits their schedule.
They lead groups of no more than 15 people through the Garden (usually adults, but sometime family groups)
Guides are responsible for arriving on time for scheduled tours, checking in with the Visitor Center Staff, and notifying the Tour Manager if unable to come as scheduled.
Successful guides are friendly, enthusiastic, willing to learn on the job, patient, reliable, and good representatives of New England Wild Flower Society. A good starting point is having an interest in native plants, gardening, or plant conservation.
We rely on our guides to lead one tour per week during the busy season of May and early June, and perhaps one or two tours a month until the end of October.
Guides should attend our Guide Training Program offered in the early spring, become familiar with the Guide Training Notebook, and “shadow” experienced guides several times before leading their first tour. Monthly talks and walks are offered as refreshers for guides.
Guides enjoy opportunities to learn, to grow as individuals, to share with others who have compatible interests, to enjoy a beautiful setting, and to contribute to the cause of native plant conservation. Monthly volunteer programs are offered ranging from brown-bag slide programs to garden tours