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Turn over a new leaf! Get to know UBC Botanical Garden with exclusive tours and seasonal training.
Get to know UBC Botanical Garden with exclusive tours and seasonal training. Apply to be a volunteer here and meet other nature and plant enthusiasts. Join us to discover and share the natural treasures of UBC Botanical Garden. As a UBC Botanical Garden Volunteer, you have opportunities to gain knowledge, share your skills and meet people of all ages. Our most active time is April through October. From students to seniors, we welcome all ages and abilities to come to the Garden to make a meaningful contribution to this amazing place. Whatever your interest or talents, we have opportunities for you. Training is provided. We look forward to seeing you in the Garden.
Spring: Earth Day Orientation: Sunday, April 22, 2018 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Register here.
We need volunteers to help with our Tourism Challenge on weekends at the Gatehouse. It’s a great way to get to know the Garden and offer friendly advice to visitors from around the world. Special Training Opportunities! On Earth Day, join our Early Bird Tour (8am, 11am) or a Grow Green Tour (11am, 1pm). Register here.
Summer: Tourism and Tour Season Orientation: Thursday June 14, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Register here.
Autumn: Apple Festival Volunteer Orientation: Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Register here.
Learn about Apple Festival, our most active weekend of the year and how you can help. Volunteers that attend this orientation have an advantage of walking through the festival site. We assist our Friends of the Garden in hosting this popular Vancouver event.
This is a specialized group of volunteers interested in learning and working together to support the Garden. This is an advanced program with special training and unique opportunities to support and plan events, attend lectures and work on horticultural projects in the Garden. Events such as Apple Festival, and Wreath Making as well as Committee and Shop activities keep this robust group active year round. A significant commitment in hours and interest level is required to join this established group of volunteers.
As a FOG volunteer you will have the opportunity to:
Garden guides provide educational tours for visitors. We offer preschool to university level programs as well as drop in, garden club, community group and senior tour visits. We have hosted groups of 10-100 guests with multiple Garden Guides.
As a Garden Guide volunteer you will have the opportunity to:
Supporting the Gatehouse Admission during peak seasons, our volunteer greeters provide a friendly function for guests arriving to the Garden. Handing out maps, answering basic questions and helping direct traffic is a great way to volunteer and gain valuable tourism and service experience. Greeters are encouraged to attend free staff tours to become more knowledgeable about our amazing Garden and training is provided.
As a Garden Greeter volunteer you will have the opportunity to:
Every year, the Garden hosts unique events that require volunteers to help out for long table dinners, festivals, lectures or special sales. We need people to check registration, direct guests, and be a friendly go-to for our visitors.
As an Event Support volunteer you will have the opportunity to:
We encourage volunteers to represent the Garden to the public. We attend many events across campus and the region, setting up and staffing outreach displays with maps, posters, calendars and educational samples.
As a Garden Outreach volunteer you will have the opportunity to:
Workshop Liaisons help garden workshop instructors set up their classes, for example, to move tables, take attendance, and distribute and collect feedback forms.
As a Workshop Liaison volunteer you will have the opportunity to:
We work with a variety of volunteers of all ages and all levels of expertise. We coordinate opportunities in research, administration and education. The best way to get involved is to attend an orientation, sign up for a shift and get to know us better.
As a Special Project Volunteer you will have the opportunity to:
Anything else you would like us to know? You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions. Thank you for your interest in supporting the programs we offer.