8 people dressed in casual clothes pose in front of trees with yellowing leaves

Volunteer With Us

Volunteers are our most valuable resource here at the State Arboretum. We are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers for our weekly garden crews, as well as for a number of events that occur periodically throughout the year. Note that all volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Take a look at our exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities below! 

Weekly Garden Crews

Weekly garden crews are our primary volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping with gardening or grounds/tree maintenance. These groups meet once a week during their respective days throughout the growing season. Each shift runs from 9AM - 12PM, weather dependent. Click the pictures below to learn more and sign up.

Three female volunteers spreading mulch in a garden bedFour volunteers using shovels to plant wildflowers in a meadowFemale volunteer kneeling in a garden with a bucket

Seasonal/Event-Based Opportunities

In addition to our weekly crews, there are periodic volunteer events throughout the year. These vary by season and tend to happen on weekends. Typical opportunities involve helping to set up and run our annual events, serving as docents and guides during particularly busy weekends, and more. Click the picture below to learn more and sign up. 


Current Volunteers: Click here to Record your Hours!


New Volunteers: feel free to review the release form you will be asked to sign on your first shift: 

Blandy Experimental Farm/University of Virginia Volunteer Terms of Service