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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play a vital role in the success of our landscaping, conservation, programming, and outreach efforts. The Gardens' volunteer program nurtures fun and cultivates camaraderie. Our harvest will be a beautiful public garden for all to enjoy.

2012 brought more than 950 volunteers contributing over 3200 hours of service. Thanks to the efforts of many and record-breaking spring weather, we've set a record of our own with more volunteer impact in The Gardens in spring of 2013 than ever before!

Adopt-a-Garden Program

A group or individual tends a garden throughout the growing season

Weekly or semi-monthly commitment (time and day to be determined)

Activities include weeding, watering, and general gardening practices

Our volunteers help in many ways. What are your interests?

Contact The Gardens for available gardens to adopt

  • Our Horticulture Volunteers enhance the aesthetics and manage the landscape using basic horticultural practices including weeding, planting, manicured ornamental garden areas, and watering.
  • Natural Areas volunteers enhance and manage natural areas including woodlands, wetlands, and prairies to restore and promote ecosystem health.
  • Garden Ambassadors share information about The Gardens with visitors, and lead tours and assist during special events.
  • Special Events Volunteers - broad range of opportunities to support our events, from planning and development, to event set up and wrap up.

When: Volunteers are active in The Gardens at SIUE seasonally from March to October with opportunities available Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

What to expect: Experience is not necessary! Volunteers will be greeted at The Gardens Center, our visitors' center and maintenance headquarters, which has restrooms, a break room, lockers, and convenient parking. The Gardens Center is located on Arboretum Lane. Gardens will provide tools and materials for volunteer activities. Just bring work clothes, sturdy shoes, and a positive attitude!

If you would like to share your time and talents in support of The Gardens, please consider submitting a Volunteer Interest Form, reach Dan Mueller, Park Supervisor, by phone (618) 650-3070, or email thegardens@siue.edu.

SIUE Students can find detailed volunteer schedule information at the Kimmel Leadership Center located in the Morris University Center at (618) 650-2686.