Arboretum Volunteers

arboretum gardenersThe Arboretum depends on volunteers to be the beautiful destination it has become in metropolitan Kansas City. There are a variety of options available to potential volunteers. Opportunities include:

  • Gardening and planting, weeding and general maintenance in the gardens and wooded areas;
  • Greeting guests in the Environmental Education Visitors Center;
  • Growing and planting flowers in the greenhouse;
  • Restoring the prairie by clearing unwanted vegetation and reseeding with native grasses;
  • Helping with seasonal activities and events, including plant sales, the Holiday Luminary Walk and more, and
  • Dabbling in special interests, such as photography, birds and more.

Volunteers do not need prior knowledge, only a desire to learn. Learn more about individual volunteers assignments available.

Want to make a bigger commitment? Consider joining the Friends of the Arboretum.

How to Volunteer

All volunteers will need to attend an orientation session, which are held often. Upcoming dates include:

    Short-Term Volunteering Opportunities

    Please send an email to if you are:

    • Under 18 years old
    • Interested in earning high school/college class credit
    • Interested in volunteering for a single event
    • Interested in volunteering with a group
    Long-Term Volunteering Opportunities

    Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form if you are:

    • 18 or older
    • Interested in volunteering regularly 

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    At home: View your volunteer profile through Vic Net from home or at the Arboretum to:
    • Update contact information
    • Receive news and updates from the Volunteer Coordinators
    • Sign up or edit your volunteer assignments
    • Change password
    WScreen Shot 2017 01 25 at 12.14.15 PMhile volunteering: Sign in at the Arboretum with your volunteer PIN through Vic Touch.
    • Check in and out when volunteering
    • Sign up for additional volunteer opportunities
    • Calculate travel time

    If you have questions about managing volunteer profiles, contact the volunteer coordinator at 913-685-3604.