Volunteer at reflection riding

With over 2,000 volunteer hours throughout the year and a network of 50+ core volunteers, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center couldn't operate fully without your help. To get started as a volunteer, simply fill out an application and waiver form - we'll be in touch with you shortly!



Volunteer Roles

Invasive Plant Management

We need volunteers to help cut, collect, and burn invasive plants along our property before they spread or re-infest the areas. Removing invasive plants frees up space and resources for native plants to grow in their place, which helps create a healthier ecosystem for wildlife.

Right now, our main project is privet collection and burning. We just had TWELVE whole acres of privet removed (well... cut down). However, the plants are still piled up along our grounds and need to be burned before they re-infest the area. This will be an ongoing event (every Wednesday and Sunday) until we have successfully burned all of our cut privet, so we definitely encourage returning volunteers!

Sign up for shifts at reflectionriding.org/events or set up a group work day by emailing our Invasive Plant Specialist, Melanie Flood

Education Assistant 

Reflection Riding educates 16,000 students per year about the connection between the choices they make and their local ecology. Our volunteer educators must have a science background and some experience working with children. Our volunteers train for weeks under the director of education and work their way up from shadowing field trips to teaching their own school groups. This position requires weekday availability - at least 3 hours every other week.

To sign up for an interview, fill out a volunteer application and select "Education" as one of your volunteer interests. Our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you shortly. To ask questions about this opportunity, email Director of Education, Corey Hagen.

Maintenance and Grounds Work

If you like playing outside and fixing things, you'll love working with our Grounds and Facilities crew. Because tree falls and maintenance issues can pop up unexpectedly, no volunteer shift in this department is ever the same. Past jobs have included mowing, power-washing the boardwalk, downed tree removal, trail maintenance, and boardwalk repair. Though we prefer for Maintenance and Grounds volunteers to have weekday availability, we will be able to accommodate weekend work starting May 2018.

To get started, simply fill out a volunteer application and select "Maintenance and Grounds" as one of your volunteer interests. Our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you shortly.

Horticulture Assistant

Our greenhouse and gardens volunteers love to play in the dirt. Between preparing for our biannual Native Plant Sales and maintaining the gardens throughout Reflection Riding's 317 acres, Director of Horticulture John Evans is always looking for volunteers. No experience required to work in the greenhouse or gardens, but it doesn't hurt to be a Master Gardener or native plant expert, either!

To get started, fill out a volunteer application and select "Gardening and Plant Propogation" as one of your interests. Our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you shortly.

Wildlife Assistant

Our Wildlife Assistants help care for the animal ambassadors in our Native Animal Exhibit. To be considered, volunteers must have one year of animal care experience at a similar organization, such as a zoo or nature center.

To get started, fill out a volunteer application and select "Wildlife" as one of your interests. Our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you shortly.


Getting Started

Please fill out a volunteer application and volunteer waiver. We'll reach out to you shortly.


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