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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers help children explore the natural world. Photographs by Jon Hetman, Nancy Sableski, Kevin Schofield, and Julie Warsowe.
Volunteers help children explore the natural world. Photographs by Jon Hetman, Nancy Sableski, Kevin Schofield, and Julie Warsowe.

Volunteers are essential to the Arboretum’s educational mission of fostering knowledge and appreciation of life science and the natural world. Please consider participating as an Arboretum volunteer—enjoy the rewards of connecting people with the world of plants.

Volunteer Field Study Guide with children on Hemlock Hill. Photographs by Jon Hetman, Nancy Sableski, Kevin Schofield, and Julie Warsowe.
Volunteer Field Study Guide with children on Hemlock Hill.

Field Study Guides

Make a difference as a volunteer guide in our Field Study Experiences. Lead small groups of children from Boston area schools through hands on, active learning programs. Guide recruitment is ongoing; we are always interviewing for new guides. To learn more, submit a volunteer application, or contact Manager of Children’s Education Nancy Sableski at 617.384.5239 or by email.

Arboretum Interpreters

Engage with visitors young and old, help people find their way, share your fascination for plants, and communicate how the Arboretum is a living museum. Interpreters are trained to use a small display in the landscape and to interact with visitors in casual, one-on-one or small group interactions. To be contacted to learn more about the program, please fill out and submit the volunteer application, or contact Manager of Visitor Engagement Kate Stonefoot at 617.384.5229.

Arboretum Docents

Share your love of plants. Become an arboretum docent and lead landscape tours for groups of adults. Tours include a combination of Arboretum information, current plant highlights, natural history, and botany. To be contacted to learn more about the program, please fill out and submit the volunteer application, or contact Sheryl White, Coordinator of Visitor Engagement and Exhibitions, at 617.384.5251.

Tree Spotters Citizen Science Program

The 2020 season of data collection marks the official conclusion of the Tree Spotters program. The Arboretum is actively looking into new citizen science opportunities that will directly support the Arboretum’s mission. If you are interested in participating in future citizen science programs at the Arboretum please email Kate Stonefoot, the Arboretum’s Manager of Visitor Engagement.


Photographs by Jon Hetman, Nancy Sableski, Sheryl White, and Regina Mission.

Volunteer leading a spring tour.
Arboretum staff and children looking at magnolia leaves.
Interpreters jumping for joy during training.
Volunteer measuring a tree with children as part of the field study program.
Volunteer chatting with a visitor in the bonsai and penjing pavilion.
Students collect scientific data. Photographs by Jon Hetman, Nancy Sableski, Kevin Schofield, and Julie Warsowe.
Volunteers lead students through the landscape. Photographs by Jon Hetman, Nancy Sableski, Kevin Schofield, and Julie Warsowe.
Volunteer leading tour through the landscape
Interpreters completing a flower dissection as part of their training.
Volunteer observing a tree with two children during field study programs.
Arboretum volunteer chatting with visitors in the landscape.
Arboretum staff member journaling with children as part of the field studies program.