Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Garden!

UBC Botanical Garden has numerous ways for you to get involved. The Garden is actively seeking people who can help with outreach events for fall 2015 as well as Garden Guides for school groups and drop in tours.

Our Volunteer Program offers a variety of opportunities to learn about plants and people. From beginner to advanced, we have a way for you to be involved in our Garden. Our Sustainability and Community Programs have many upcoming events where we need some extra helping hands.

Register Online and we will invite you to our next Volunteer Orientation where you can meet other plant enthusiasts and get to know the UBC Botanical Garden with exclusive tours and privileged training.  We will preview a film Symphony of the Soil at our next orientation.

Fall 2015 Volunteer Opportunities;

Gatehouse Ambassadors - weekends
Workshop Liaison Volunteers – Fruit Trees, Film Nights, art
Campus Outreach - Imagine Day, Welcome BBQ, Old Barn
Special Events – Forest Week, Fieldtrip Fair, Apple Festival
Garden Guides – Nitobe Memorial Garden, School Field Trips

We welcome all abilities to come to the Garden to enjoy the beauty and make a meaningful contribution to this amazing Garden. We are on the perimeter of the UBC Campus and have the ability to host plants from around the world in our temperate climate. Did you know that we have over 50,000 accessioned plants representing approximately 7,000 taxa? We have Vancouver’s longest established Demonstration Food Garden, the Physic medicinal garden, an Asian Garden as well as an Alpine area with plants from around the world. Our Nitobe Memorial Garden is a UBC treasure that requires Volunteer Garden Guides. We invite you into our Garden; Visit and see, smell and hear what our numerous specialized Gardens have in store for your senses and your sense of well-being. Volunteering is a satisfying way to learn and contribute to a significant collection of plant life right here on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

WANTED:  A student champion to lead the UBC Garden Club and participate in Imagine Day on September 8th.

Questions? Email garden.volunteer@ubc.ca

 

Benefits of Volunteering

·  Expand knowledge of sustainability, biodiversity and botany
·  Attend exclusive training and development opportunities
·  Meet new, like-minded people
·  Visit the Garden for free
·  Be part of a knowledgeable team
·  Put academic knowledge into practice
·  Gain valuable community engagement experience
·  Receive a letter and post volunteer service on your resume
·  Attend volunteer celebrations, social and private events
·  Receive invitations to ongoing opportunities

Duties
·  Have a genuine ability to be helpful
·  Attend orientations and training sessions
·  Provide customer service and answer general questions
·  Share information about plants and seasonal highlights
·  Become familiar with collections of UBC Botanical Garden
·  Promote respect for the Garden and its history
·  Apply UBC community engagement principles

 

Fall 2015 Volunteer Schedule:

Come to an orientation or email to sign up. Each event has multiple 3-4 hour shifts.

·  September and October – Garden Guides, Gatehouse helpers
·  September 8th – Imagine Day, student led club fair
·  September 12th – UNA Old Barn Raising Community Centre
·  September 16th - Welcome Back BBQ for UBC Staff
·  September 19th – Wesbrook Festival
·  September 19th – UBC Farm Joy of Feeding
·  September 20th – Walk in the Woods National Forestry Week
·  September 20th – Treasured Bulb Sale - Friend of the Garden
·  September 24thSymphony of the Soil Movie Night
·  September 26th – Fruit Tree Workshop Liaison
·  September 28th – Fieldtrip Fair
·  October 2nd – Queen of Canopies lecture & Tree APP launch
·  October 3rd – Lasagna Gardening No Mow Lawn workshop
·  October 8th – Tree Care 101 Workshop Liaison
·  October 17 & 18 – Apple Festival
·  October 22 & 23 – AMS Volunteer Fair
·   October 27th – Drawing Workshop Liaison
·   November 28th – Wreath Making Workshop

TBD - Volunteer Winter Season Celebration

Volunteer Positions:

Gatehouse Ambassadors

Workshop Liaisons

Campus Outreach

Special Events

Garden Guides

Do you have time to make a bigger commitment? Join the Friends of the Garden. 
Click here
 for details.





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6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.3928
Fax: 604.822.2016 Email: garden.info@ubc.ca

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