Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Fall Plant SaleSaturday, October 15 and Friday, Oct. 14 plant sale set up!
Volunteers play a vital role in the success of our Plant Sales! Plus, they are really fun and a great way to meet other volunteers and Arboretum community members who you might not meet otherwise. If you've worked at one of our plant sales before, you know they are great fun and well loved events by garden & plant lovers in our community and beyond! You also know too that they are a lot of work! We couldn't pull them off without the help of each and everyone of you volunteers! 

Want to volunteer at this year's Fall Plant Sale?
If you would like to volunteer, please use this link to an online signup sheet using VolunteerSignup:


If you have any difficulties, please email me directly at cscordes@ucsc.edu.

Thank you for volunteering!!
Katie Starr Cordes
Arboretum Volunteer Program Coordinator

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum relies on almost 200 volunteers to keep this place growing! By volunteering at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum you become part of a community that directly supports the Arboretum's mission, to inspire stewardship of the world's biodiversity through research, education, and the conservation of rare, endangered, and extraordinary plants. 

When volunteering, you will learn by working side by side with professionals in gardening, horticulture and education while gaining hands-on experience in the beautiful gardens. You will meet others with similar interests and experience the joy and satisfaction of working together on important projects. 

Please read through the Volunteer Opportunities below prior to completing the Volunteer Application. All applications are reviewed and responded to within 1 to 2 weeks of receipt. 

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our wonderful community of dedicated volunteers!

Read more on the crucial role volunteers have played in the Arboretum's first fifty years. How would you like to help?

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