Donate Your Time
Join the growing population of Arboretum volunteers. The generous support from these individuals plays a pivotal role in the success of the Dallas Arboretum.
Volunteers provide assistance to the Arboretum, guest and staff in numerous areas. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available, whether you are looking to volunteer individually or as a group, we have opportunities for everyone. Volunteers aid our excellent staff in creating the most wonderful guest experience possible.
The following descriptions give an overview of each service area to assist you in finding an opening to match your interest.
offer many volunteer opportunities providing you a variety of options. Many of
our volunteers are active in more than one area. Individual volunteers must
fill out a volunteer application regarding your special skills and interests.
To fill out a volunteer application, click here.
If you have any questions or would like more information about volunteering, please contact the office at 214-515-6561 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming group volunteer opportunities are listed below. If you are interested in signing up, please contact the volunteer office for information and scheduling at 214-515-6561 or at email@example.com.
The 12 Days at Night
A new Holiday Tradition! During the evening, the garden will remain open for extended hours for The 12 Days at Night where we will showcase the beautifully illuminated gazebos for magical nighttime viewing. During this time, visitors will be even further immersed in the Victorian-era holiday theme as they enjoy live carolers and holiday themed treats.
Volunteers will serve as monitors to the gazebos and garden guides throughout the exhibits. The shifts are from 5:30-9:30 at night, please see dates below. Each night we will need about 10-20 volunteers to sign up.
Sundays-Thursdays: 5:45-9:45 p.m.
(Nov. 9-13, Nov.16-20, Nov. 23-26, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, Dec. 7-11, Dec. 14-18, Dec. 21-23, Dec. 28-30)
Special Weekend Nights: 5:45-9:45 p.m.
(Nov. 28 & 29, Dec. 26 & 27 and Jan. 2-4)
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (ongoing)
Volunteers are needed as gallery host for each of the 17 indoor and outdoor exhibits. As a gallery host, you will share excitement for the garden with our guests and guide them through your assigned interactive exhibit. There are many other positions in the Children’s Garden including educational costume characters, assisting with public education programs, and participating with puppet shows on weekends.
Groups can chose what day and shift is best for them. This is mostly outdoors with some indoor opportunities. Orientation is given to all groups prior to their shift. 20 volunteers maximum per group.
The day is divided into two shifts 9-1 and 1-5; this opportunity is available seven days a week.
Sweets and Treats with Santa
Children participate in a variety of holiday-themed arts and crafts activities, have their picture taken with Santa, listen to Mrs. Claus read a story and enjoy a holiday snack. Volunteers will help with registration, arts & crafts, and assist with photography.
10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.