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. Every day volunteers help tend the gardens, support researchers, assist visitors, and answer 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 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 in our gardens, greenhouses and other designated areas to assist with planting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning and propagation.
For those with strong backs who like to get really dirty, these volunteers do heavy-duty brush clearing work, trail maintenance, construction and more.
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 visitors 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.
Nature Play Guide
Interact with kids and families in the Luci and Ian Family Garden as a Nature Play leader. We have weekly volunteer shifts set up to ensure that safety, respect and fun are top priorities in the Family Garden. Duties include ensuring guidelines are being followed, promoting unrestrictive and unstructured play, and supporting children during their work and play with minimal interference.
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. Morning, midday and afternoon volunteer shifts are available Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sundays, noon – 4 p.m. (and Mondays in the spring). We are interviewing people who would enjoy working a weekly 3-hour shift during the week or on weekends.
Do you enjoy organizing? We need help in the Library with a variety of projects related to books, slides, pictures and Wildflower Center history. Tasks could include organizing photographs, labeling and sorting slides, prepping books for cataloging, inventorying a collection or finding information online. Training is currently available on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
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.
Teaming Building Opportunities for Groups
Service organizations, teams and corporate groups are often looking for one-day group volunteer opportunities. The Wildflower Center loves working with groups on special projects. Our grounds provide a great outdoor setting for team building and service.
Please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wildflower Center provides opportunities to fulfill community service. Apply here.