The Missouri Botanical Garden on Shaw Boulevard offers a variety of prospects for volunteers interested in nature and conservation. In September, volunteers assisted in the 2013 Green Homes and Great Health Festival, which took place through the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Upcoming opportunities include the seasonal closing of the Children’s Garden and the Garden Glow.
According to Jackie J. Juras, Manager of the Volunteer Program, volunteers at the Missouri Botanical Garden are people who have “a passion for the Garden and its mission and an interest in learning and sharing their knowledge.” These individuals also enjoy working with the public, and most opportunities require working outdoors.
For the closing of the Children’s Garden, which will take place Nov. 2 and 3, prospective volunteers will also be people who enjoy working with children, Juras says. Shifts for the Garden Glow (Nov. 22, 2013 through Jan. 4, 2014) will take place during the evening, and while outdoor events are always “rain or shine,” the Garden Glow will take place “rain or snow!”
According to Juras, volunteers enjoy various “perks” associated with their particular area or event. These perks always include free admission to the corresponding event and discounts. All Green Homes and Great Health Festival volunteers received food vouchers at the festival, a sustainably-made t-shirt, and were invited to a special volunteer “Thank You” party.
To become a volunteer with the Missouri Botanical Garden, download a Volunteer Application from the Garden’s website. Information can be found on the Volunteer page.
In addition to the events listed above, there are also current volunteer openings in the areas of Education and other Special Events, according to the Garden’s Volunteer Opportunities webpage, as well as at the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit and the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, which also fall under the umbrella of the Missouri Botanical Garden.