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The volunteers at Holden Forests & Gardens are valuable members of our community, and their positive attitudes and impressive knowledge make our programs and services possible.

However, due to COVID-19, we are limited in opportunities for new volunteers. We are just accepting volunteer applications to assist as a Gardening Assistant at our Holden Arboretum campus, which has shifts available Tuesday-Thursday, 9-11am. You can fill out our volunteer application and register for a New Volunteer Information Session being held on Zoom to learn more about this opportunity and becoming a volunteer with Holden Forests & Gardens.


The Research Department hosts volunteers year-round. Volunteers help with a wide variety of tasks ranging from setting up experiments in the field, greenhouse, and laboratory, collecting data, processing samples, and archiving data. Research volunteers also staff outreach tables at HF&G events, such as Goblins in the Garden and the Egg Hunt, where we present our research to the general public.

Contact Sarah Hartley, our Manager of Volunteer Resources.

Holden Arboretum

Volunteers at the Holden Arboretum are a precious resource, making our programs and services possible. Volunteers bring their energy, knowledge and style to the Arboretum and make each guest’s visit fresh and unique.

Please check back soon for information on becoming a Holden Forests & Gardens volunteer.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Volunteers donate not only their amazing skills and talents, but thousands of hours – collectively – to help with school groups, lead tours, assist with outdoor and indoor garden maintenance, monitor and feed critters, help in the library, work in the store, greet visitors, help with crafts and games, special events, and so much more.

Please check back soon for information on becoming a Holden Forests & Gardens volunteer.

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