Each year 500 volunteers spend over 7,000 hours at the Arboretum. Volunteers build trails, remove invasive plants, teach children about nature, and make our annual Festivals possible. Below is a list of just some of the volunteer opportunities available at the Arboretum. Please contact the staff member listed for each job to obtain further details about these opportunities or to find out about other opportunities not listed here.
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Join us in caring for the Arboretum’s habitats, plant communities, and trails at weekend work parties. These opportunities are a great way to meet other Arboretum supporters, learn about local ecology while getting some exercise.
Like volunteering in the morning? Join Tom LoCascio, Site Manager, Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00. Meet in front of the Visitor Center, located at the bottom of the parking lot.
Like volunteering in the afternoon? Join August Jackson, our Site Assistant, in front of the Visitor Center, Sundays from 12:30 to 3:30.
To RSVP to an upcoming work party or arrange special volunteer activities for individuals, groups or organizations, email Tom or call (541) 954-5463.
Would you enjoy a casual, social afternoon of putting mailing labels on newsletters? We periodically look for help with data entry, mailings, copying, and other office tasks. Call or e-mail Charlotte at (541) 747-3817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about our Nature Guide program, click here.
Lead discovery tours for school children in our spring or fall programs. Explore nature with kids and help them discover the joy of the natural world! Training is provided. This opportunity can be an internship for students at U of O or LCC. Call or e-mail Jenny Laxton, Education Program Coordinator, at (541) 747-1504 or email@example.com.
Festival/Special Event Volunteer
Take part in MPA’s popular special events, including the Mushroom Festival and Wildflower Festival, as well as benefit concerts and other elegant fundraisers. Or, represent the Arboretum at community events like the Eugene Celebration and Earth Day. You can staff the Arboretum booth on the day of the event, set up or tear down, or help in the planning stages. A fun way to meet new people or work with friends! Call or e-mail the Charlotte at (541) 747-3817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park Watch Volunteer
Volunteer to help monitor the parking lots. You’ll improve the park vistors’ experiences, while enjoying the beauty of Mt. Pisgah! Park Watch volunteers who work at least 10 hours will earn a Lane County Park’s annual parking pass. Park Watch was formed in 2009 as a partnership between Lane County Parks, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, and Sheriff’s Posse. Visit www.lanecounty.org/Parks for more information. Contact: Charlotte Kreitlow, Office Manager at Mount Pisgah Arboretum 541-747-3817, email@example.com.
If you want to play a bigger and very vital role in the Arboretum, consider taking a role in scheduling visitor center hosts and festival volunteers. Call or e-mail Charlotte at (541) 747-3817 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Nature Guide for Adults
We’re always looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable people to lead nature walks and workshops! If you have an area of expertise you would like to share with others in the community, please call us to discuss possibilities at (541) 747-1504.