If you are looking for an enriching way to give back to your community, volunteering at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center may be the perfect fit! Each year our volunteers contribute their skills, energy and life-experiences to help care for one of North America’s most biological diverse ecosystems.
Areas available for volunteering include:
Landscape & Facilities
Ground Stewards (AMs Tuesday – Friday): Volunteers will learn about a variety of plant care and maintenance activities with professional landscape and gardening staff using native plants and gardening techniques. Volunteers may also gain experience with grounds maintenance and skills such as carpentry and plumbing.
Greenhouse (Weekly Volunteer spots Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 am-12:30 pm): Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals of horticulture to learn about propagation techniques, how to use native plants in our landscape, and the benefits of using native plants (such as attract wildlife). Plants propagated will be sold at our annual plant sales.
Assistant (must have at least one year of experience with animal care in a nature center or zoo): Volunteers have the chance to work one on one with our native animal ambassadors. Volunteers will learn about the care and feeding of our native ambassadors as well as clinic and habitat maintenance.
Education & Visitor Services
(Please Note: Staff and volunteers assigned to these areas are subject to a background check.)
Customer Service (Tuesday – Friday): Volunteers will assist visitors with enjoying the 317 acres of valleys and vistas we call Reflection Riding. Volunteers will learn about high quality customer service and effective communication skills that can be utilized in the workforce.
Environmental Educator: Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with professional outdoor educators. Volunteers will lead programs and hikes for school children typically in grades K to 8th. Volunteers will gain experience in sharing the wonders of the natural world with youth that sometimes have never had experience in the forest.
Summer Camp Educator: Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside naturalist and outdoor educators to learn how to engage youth with connecting to nature. Volunteers will co-lead activities such as canoeing, hiking, crafts, and field trips to Lula Lake Land Trust and Raccoon Mountain. Volunteers will gain experience in leadership, outdoor safety, and team building.
Special Events (Home School Days, Heritage Day, Native Plant Sales)
Volunteers will have opportunity to meet likeminded individuals with similar interests. Volunteers will gain experience in customer service by participating in activities such as greeting visitors, helping with activity stations, or parking for large public events. This position is perfect for those unable to make a weekly time commitment but still want to join our team.
Contact our Volunteer Department for additional information by email at email@example.com or call 423-821-1160 ext. 105.