New England Wild Flower Society offers many opportunities for volunteers to support the Society's mission - Garden in the Woods adult and children group guides, gardeners, invasive plant removal, rare plant monitoring, and more.
New England Wild Flower Society seeks volunteers for a variety of capacities at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA, and at other locations throughout New England.
To learn about all of the opportunities, join us for a Volunteers Fair, Tuesday March 5, 2013, at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There will be a brief presentation about volunteer opportunities, followed by refreshments and a tour of the facilities. Contact Bonnie Drexler, Education Director, email@example.com, to register. For more information,
visit http://www.newenglandwild.org/volunteers or call Bonnie at 508-877-7630 Ext. 3302.
No experience is necessary.
Volunteers are needed to conduct guided walking tours for adults and children, drive cart tours for people needing mobility assistance, put together mailings for membership and marketing, provide horticultural assistance at Garden in the Woods, conduct field studies of native plant species, and rid habitats of invasive plants. A general Volunteer Application form can be found at http://www.newenglandwild.org/volunteers/volunteer-application.html. Specific applications for conservation volunteers and garden tour guides are also available on the web pages describing these tasks.
Volunteers can expand their knowledge of native plants, meet interesting people, and spread the word about native plant conservation by becoming a volunteer guide at Garden in the Woods. 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 for the general public 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. 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. All guides should commit to attending four training sessions in March and April. Afterwards, monthly talks and walks are offered as refreshers. Children’s Group Guides lead groups of no more than 10 children, accompanied by two other adult chaperones.
If you enjoy hands-on field work, the Plant Conservation Volunteer Corps (PCVs) program trains amateur field botanists to perform much-needed conservation work. Trained volunteers are integral to monitoring and managing rare and endangered plant species in all parts of New England. Comprehensive free training is provided. Make a difference to the environment! Plant conservation volunteers are especially needed for projects in Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and central and western Massachusetts. The Society is also very involved in invasive plants removal projects. Learn about both field opportunities at the Fair.
If you are looking for a rewarding place to learn, enjoy the outdoors, and find the native plant conservation mission of the Society to reflect your sense of the world, please volunteer with New England Wild Flower Society. The projects are fascinating and very meaningful to the conservation of native plant species in New England.