The York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 for a private event and close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 for a concert.

Requirements for joining the Adult Volunteer Program:

  • Be at least 18 years of age (here are Teen Volunteer Programs)
  • Submit a volunteer program application
  • Attend New Volunteer orientation
  • Complete an interview
  • Complete a background check form
  • Attend two Volunteer Summits annually

Opportunities at York Street

Visitor Experience

  • Docent Program: Guide tours and other on-site docent activities.
  • Ambassador Program: Provide visitors with accurate information and make their visitor experience memorable.
  • Gift Shop Volunteers: Work directly with staff to assist with duties in the Shop at the Gardens.

Children’s Education Programs

  • Mordecai Children’s Garden Exploration Leaders: Facilitate entertaining and educational activities and projects within the Children’s Garden.
  • School Tour Guides: Lead small groups of children through the program activities and facilitating their process of discovery.

Continuing Education Programs

  • Teaching Assistant (TA): Checking in participants, register walk-ins and help teacher with set-up and equipment.
  • Helen Fowler Library: Assist patrons with reference inquiries and locate library materials using the Library of Congress classification system.

Horticulture Programs

  • Garden Maintenance: Work directly with horticulture staff members on garden duties and answering visitor questions.
  • Integrated Pest Management: Examine assigned gardens for signs and symptoms of pests and diseases. Identify and collect pests.

Therapeutic Horticulture

  • Summer Sensory Program: Lead groups of older adults and/or those with disabilities through the Sensory Garden, and facilitate plant-based therapeutic activities.
  • Winter Green Program: Use plants to engage the senses of older adults and those with disabilities. 

Research & Conservation - Volunteer openings in the Research & Conservation department are generally limited to Mondays – Thursdays, and our capacity to take on new volunteers depends largely on when workspaces are free. We welcome volunteers over the age of 16. Here are current volunteer openings in the department.

  • Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi: Process specimens, help staff curate the collections and do other special projects.
  • Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium of Vascular Plants: Assist with process imaging, repairing and georeferencing specimens, as well as data entry and filing.
  • Rare Plant Monitoring Stewards: Conduct field work throughout Colorado to document and protect rare species. Must be able to perform field work in potentially harsh environments and complete training prior to conducting field work.
  • Phenology: Collect data on the timing of plant life-cycle events as part of the Gardens Phenology Trail.

York Street Volunteer Application

Affiliate Organization

  • The Guild: Volunteers can join this affiliate volunteer organization that has supported the Gardens for more than 40 years. This group contributes to the Gardens financially and through volunteer work.


Opportunities at Chatfield Farms

Visitor Experience

  • Ambassador: Volunteers will provide support for staff at the Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center and at the historical Hildebrand Ranch house by greeting visitors, answering general questions about the site and programs offered, and creating a welcoming environment for all.
  • Butterflies at Chatfield Farms​ Assistants: A partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion, volunteers will help staff greet visitors and provide basic interpretation of plants and butterflies and assist in basic care of plants in and around the butterfly house.

Children’s Education Programs

  • Education Volunteers: ​Volunteers will lead students Pre-K through 12th grade on a variety of hands-on educational programming relating to plants, eco-systems and life on the farm.

Horticulture Programs

  • Community Supporting Agriculture (CSA) Assistants: CSA volunteers assist in planting, weeding, harvesting, washing and distributing the fruits, vegetables and herbs grown at Chatfield Farms.
  • Horticulture Maintenance Volunteers: Horticulture volunteers help create and maintain the native plant, lavender, heirloom and experimental gardens including plant propagation, garden design and data collection.

Research & Conservation - Here are current volunteer openings in the department.

Chatfield Farms Volunteer Application