Roll up your sleeves and help keep Queens Botanical Garden clean, green, and growing! Led by QBG staff, volunteers will participate in a variety of gardening activities. Explore the beauty of QBG’s ever-changing scenery as our flowers bloom, trees grow, and community comes together. We will provide our volunteers with light refreshments, free garden admission, and a fun-filled day of hard work!
Registration opens one month prior to event day.
TIP:Spend the day at the Garden! Be sure to check out QBG's "What to See, What to Do" guide for where to find notable plants out in the Garden: https://queensbotanical.org/what-to-do-see
Individual sign-up ONLY. To arrange for a separate large, private, or corporate volunteer opportunity, please email email@example.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there an age requirement?
Individual participants must be 16 year of age or older.
Families are welcome but parents must supervise children at all times.
No children under 4 years old, please.
Can I only come for one hour or part of the day?
Due to limited space, we encourage volunteers to stay for the entire three hours. If you need to leave early, please speak with the staff member you are working with so they can plan accordingly.
Where do I go once I get to the garden? What time should I arrive?
Volunteers will meet at the Visitor & Administration Building between 9:45 - 10:15 am for check in and breakfast.
Do I need to know any skills ahead of time? How physical is the work?
We welcome all skill levels to participate--you do not need to know anything prior to coming. You will be trained in safety and skills for each session. We try to accommodate all ability levels, however participants must be able to do physical work including bending over, lifting 10+ pounds, and standing, walking, or squatting for long periods of time.
What are my transportation and parking options getting to the Garden?
Please park in our Parking Garden lot. You do not have to pay for parking or admission. Tell the attendant your name and that you are here to volunteer for the Volunteer Day. If you are taking public transportation or walking, please enter through the front gate. More information about transportation and parking can be found here.
What should I bring?
Please bring gloves and wear weather appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting dirty--sun hats and sunscreen if it's hot or layers if it's cold, and don't forget sturdy close-toed shoes. Bring a water bottle and snack if you'd like.We have gardening gloves and water available for anyone who does not bring their own.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Our gardeners work outside rain or shine. In very inclement weather, you will be notified of a cancelled or rescheduled volunteer date.
In the case that an event is cancelled, you will be notified via email.
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PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) occasionally photographs or films visitors and activities on site to support our mission in promotional media and materials, including print, online, broadcast, and social media. By attending this event, you grant permission to QBG use your likeness in perpetuity, in all forms of print and digital media used to promote, publicize, or advertise the Garden, its activities, and programs. If you do not give QBG permission to take and use your image, you must notify an event organizer or staff when you arrive for this event. QBG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
MISSED VOLUNTEER DAY POLICY
We rely on volunteers to make our programs a success and consider registration to be a commitment of attendance. After two missed volunteer days with no notice of cancellation from you, your future registrations will be canceled under the Garden’s discretion. You will have to appeal to be considered for further volunteer days with QBG.
QBG staff strives to provide a place of peace, beauty, and safety for the quiet enjoyment of our visitors. QBG is a living museum, a collection of gardens for the study, culture, exhibition, and display of plants. We encourage our visitors to explore, enjoy, and be respectful of our plant collections and to be considerate of fellow guests as well. For more guidelines on garden etiquette, click here.
GETTING TO QBG
By public transportation, take the number 7 subway line to Main Street, the Long Island Rail Road (Port Washington line) to Main Street/Flushing, or the Q44-SBS or Q20 bus.
By driving, please click here for more information.