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Team/corporate Volunteer Opportunities

Brush Clearing

The Wildflower Center's Gardens Master Plan includes a children’s garden which we are currently preparing and fundraising for. The Children’s Garden will occupy 4.5 acres of woodland and meadow at the Center providing an enchanted play land that will teach biology, botany, ecology, geology, history, hydrology and more. This is a great team building opportunity for groups of up to 30 that want to break away from the office to do physical, outdoor work on a high profile project. Children’s Garden tasks include include brush cutting and hauling, mulching and trail maintenance. Dates are somewhat flexible, but we tend to do this heavy duty work in the cooler seasons, preferably on weekday mornings. If your group enjoys volunteering at the Wildflower Center there are further ways your organization can be recognized and make a difference here through sponsoring and working at our annual events.

Skills:
No previous experience required. Volunteers should be age 16 + and be in good physical health. Volunteers will work alongside our staff and seasoned crew. This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy working outdoors and want to learn more about the growing requirements of native Texas plants. Please note: position requires the ability to bend, lift and stoop. Please wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants.

The Wildflower Center's Gardens Master Plan includes a Texas Arboretum which we are currently in the preparation and fundraising phase for. This will be a spot where visitors can learn about the diversity of Texas trees in a relatively compact area. A major emphasis will be placed on Texas oaks (listed below) because seventy-four percent of all oak species in the United States are native to Texas. We currently need the help of volunteers to help prepare the site, which will include brush cutting and clearing. Dates are somewhat flexible, but we tend to do this heavy duty work in the cooler seasons, late fall and winter, preferably on weekday mornings. If your group enjoys volunteering at the Wildflower Center there are further ways your organization can be recognized and make a difference here through sponsoring and working at our annual events.

Skills:
No previous experience required. Volunteers should be age 16 + and be in good physical health. Volunteers will work alongside our staff and seasoned crew. This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy working outdoors and want to learn more about the growing requirements of native Texas plants. Please note: position requires the ability to bend, lift and stoop. Please wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants.

 

Seedbanking on Conservation

Our conservation efforts include preparing collections of seeds for seedbanking and future repopulation efforts. Collections are made by our biologists, but we depend on the help of volunteers to literally separate the wheat from the chaff and prepare millions of seeds for storage. Best for groups of 10-15 and please let us know that you are coming in advance. We will process seeds Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 until noon and the second Saturday of each month (except April) from 8:30 - noon and 1:00 until 4:30. If your group enjoys volunteering at the Wildflower Center there are further ways your organization can be recognized and make a difference here through sponsoring and working at our annual events.

Skills:
No previous experience required for this indoor, light-duty work, reading glasses are sometimes helpful. Volunteers should be age 16 and usually enjoy the camaraderie and conversation while doing this important, detail-oriented work.

 

Spring and Fall Plant Sales

The Wildflower Center has a big Plant Sale and Garden Festival twice a year, generally on Saturday and Sunday, the second weekend in April and the second weekend in October. Groups of 8-10 work alongside the Wildflower Center’s regular volunteers and help with restocking plants and loading purchased plants into our customer’s vehicles. This is a fun opportunity for small groups that want to break away from the office to do physical, outdoor work during a high profile event with flexibility on coming for morning or afternoon shifts either Saturday or Sunday. If your group enjoys volunteering at the Wildflower Center there are further ways your organization can be recognized and make a difference here through sponsoring and working at our annual events.

Skills:

No previous experience required. Volunteers should be age 16 + and be in good physical health. Volunteers will work alongside our staff and seasoned crew. Please note: position requires the ability to bend, lift and stoop. Please wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants.

 

Fall Wildflower Planting

Fall is the time to plant in Central Texas! The Wildflower Center is looking for large groups (20-40) who can help us prepare sites and sow seed in our high-profile meadows. This opportunity requires corporate sponsorship of $5,000 at the Leader level which will go in part toward the purchase of seed in advance of the workday. Tasks include site preparation and planting wildflower plants and seeds and has the potential for follow up work days for maintenance, weeding, and thinning. If your group enjoys volunteering at the Wildflower Center there are further ways your organization can be recognized and make a difference here through sponsoring and working at our annual events.

Skills:

No previous experience required. Volunteers should be age 16 + and be in good physical health. Volunteers will work alongside our staff and seasoned crew. Please note: position requires the ability to bend, lift and stoop. Please wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants.

Event Set up/break down

Luminations is our December holiday event for families. We invite visitors to enjoy gardens lighted with more than 3,000 luminarias and 5,000 twinkle lights and to listen to music of the season. Admission is free with two canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. This event usually takes place the second Saturday and Sunday in December. We need lots of help both setting up and taking down all these luminarias, usually requiring 20-50 people for around 5 hours. Set up and break down dates could be fairly flexible, with set up between beginning the week before Thanksgiving through the first week in December and breakdown the week following the event.

Skills:
All work is physical in nature and will take place outdoors. This is a good match for volunteers who are able to bend, lift, and stoop, and can handle the unpredictable temperatures. No experience necessary. The Center will provide tools and gloves. Volunteers are urged to dress for the weather, wear closed-toed shoes, and sun protection.

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