Student Volunteer Opportunities

Teens age 14+ are welcome to join our volunteer crew! Teens 11 to 13 may also volunteer if parent/guardian is also volunteering for the same event, typically in a nearby but different role.

Special Events (Year-round)

Lend a hand for a one-time event or exhibit, such as Pancake Breakfast, Plant Sale, Goblins in the Garden at Holden Arboretum or the Egg Hunt, Summer Exhibit, Boo-tanical Bash or Glow at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Exhibits do require a one-time orientation, but other events are day-of/on-site training only.

Upcoming Event Opportunities

Pancake Breakfast Weekend: April 6 – 8
Plant Sale Weekend: May 19 & 20
Download a sign-up and waiver form: Spring Events 2018 student form

Family Engagement & Nature Play Volunteers (Spring and Fall Weekends)
Do hands-on activities and work with children and families in the Habitat Hut and Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods. Materials and training provided.

Summer Student Volunteer Program
Make this year a summer to remember! Gain experience, have fun and give back as a Summer Student Volunteer. Positions are available at both the Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Applications for summer students are available in late January, and available until filled. Call 440.602.8003 for more info.

Summer Student Positions

Help conserve native wildlife and plants, working with our natural areas crew to remove invasive plant species. Work is off – trail and in deep woods. Must be comfortable with physically demanding outdoor work. May also assist wildlife biologist with animal research (bluebirds, earthworms, deer etc).

Horticulture & Nursery
Get outside and enjoy fresh air while volunteering in one of our beautiful gardens; learn basic plant care and science helping to weed, water, mulch and maintain beds as a volunteer gardener; or help in the nursery at the Arboretum to care for a variety of plants for research, propagation and future plantings. Orientation & Training will be required; summer positions only.

Family Engagement & Summer Camp
Do hands-on activities and work with children and families in the Hershey Children’s Garden at the Botanical Garden, or the Habitat Hut and Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods at Holden Arboretum. Volunteers may also help out for week-long children’s summer camps. If you love kids and getting dirty, come and play with us!

Garden Store Retail or Guest Services
Gain customer service experience and learn basic business skills while getting to work with people at our ticketing desk, or in the store. Guest Services volunteers help to welcome visitors, answer basic questions, check-in members and share information about daily programs. Garden Store assistants help shoppers in the Garden Store and help display and manage merchandise. *Botanical Garden Only*

Family Volunteer Days
Ages Pre-K and up are welcome to participate in our Family Volunteer Day projects. Projects are typically once a season and provide a way for all ages to share some quality time together while giving back to a Holden Forests or Gardens program. Examples of past projects include Easter Egg Stuffing for Egg Hunt, Wildflower Planting, Tree Care/Mulching, Spring Clean Up or Fall Raking.

Contact the volunteer office at or call 440.602.8003 to be added to our mailing list for information about upcoming activities.