VOLUNTEER WITH US
The Wildflower Center could not exist without the support of its volunteers. Our generous volunteers donate tens of thousands of hours a year serving the mission of the Center. Volunteers help daily by tending the gardens, supporting our research, assisting guests and answering gardening questions online.
Benefits of Being a Volunteer
The value of volunteer service is truly immeasurable to us. As a thank you, the Wildflower Center extends the following benefits to volunteers:
- Ten percent discount at the Gift Store
- Invitations to exclusive events and sales
- Advance notice of public events
- Yearly awards and ongoing recognition
- Access to staff knowledge
Plus, you may gain a few new skills, develop a friendship or two and of course have fun!
Volunteer Positions for Individuals
Are you interested in learning more about the native plants of the Texas Hill Country? Garden volunteers work mornings only in our gardens, greenhouses and other designated areas to assist with planting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning and propagation.
Arboretum and Natural Areas volunteers will work to maintain the Texas Arboretum as well as Wildflower Center trail systems. Duties include mulching, raking, weeding, trail maintenance and tree care.
Youth and Family Education
Can you teach others the importance of environmental awareness? Much of what we do at the Wildflower Center revolves around education. Help develop curriculum for our children’s programs, greet guests to the Little House, assist us in preparing educational materials or supervise learning stations. You may choose to volunteer occasionally when your schedule allows or schedule a placement as often as once a week.
Docents are a special group of trained volunteers who represent the Center to the public. Docents complete a two-part learning program that combines classroom and field study. We offer docent training every other year. Learn more.
Our nationally recognized store is a great place for volunteers who enjoy interacting with the public and being surrounded by beautiful things. Meet interesting people from around the world and support a great cause. Volunteers assist customers, unpack and stock merchandise and work the cash register. We provide technical and product training. We are interviewing people who would enjoy working a weekly 3-hour shift during the week or on weekends.
Events and Special Projects
If you can’t commit to an ongoing placement at the Center but want to give your time when we need it most, consider volunteering at one of our festivals or seasonal seminars. Groups large and small are needed to help with every aspect of these events. See the events calendar for dates.
Volunteers record weekly animal and insect sightings, discuss these creatures’ identification and watch their behaviors. Available on Thursday mornings only.
To schedule court-ordered community service hours, please read our guidelines and register here.
Team Building Opportunities for Groups
Volunteering at the Wildflower Center is a great way for teams to connect with each other and the environment. We invite corporate groups ranging from 5 – 10 employees to volunteer on a Friday or Saturday morning from 8:30 AM – noon. Corporate volunteers will learn about conservation and contribute to the beauty of our gardens by managing weed control and distributing mulch and decomposed granite as needed. Corporate partners typically support our mission by contributing $30 per volunteer. This donation goes toward the cost of materials, staffing, and facility access. Contact Stephanie at [email protected] for more information.
Other Ways Your Group Can Support Us
The scheduling and planning of well-organized and impactful service days requires Wildflower Center staff time and resources. We ask you to consider supporting the Wildflower Center with corporate or individual donations. Corporate gifts of $500 or more will be recognized on our annual donor webpage and our annual donor list in Wildflower magazine.
Alternatively, Corporate Memberships start at $500 and come with extensive benefits for your company and your employees.
Explore corporate sponsorship and memberships on our Corporate Partners page.