Volunteer with Friends of the Botanic Park

Friends of the Botanic Park is a group of volunteers of the Yampa River Botanic Park who collectively help to sustain the gardens and the association by maintaining world-class display gardens, improving the visitor experience, and raising the funds needed to support the organization through fun and innovative programs and events.  Orientation and training are provided for all volunteers.  The following are the different roles you can play to help, and you can choose more than one!  Please email Sandi Molen, Volunteer Coordinator at smolen@steamboatsprings.net for more information about Friends of the Botanic Park.

There will be a Friends of the Botanic Park orientation in May 2023 with an opportunity to meet the Park’s staff, board members, and other volunteers and to learn more about volunteer opportunities. Please follow the Park’s social media accounts for more information and for the orientation date once it is determined.

  • Gardeners – Under the guidance and supervision of the Lead Horticulturist help with general gardening tasks including planting, pruning, seeding, fertilizing, top dressing, soil conditioning, watering, pest control, and weed control.  Interested volunteers may assist with plant labels and plant inventory.
  • Event Assistance Volunteers – Assists on the day of special programs and events to support the event and assist participants including Passport Through the Gardens, Music on the Green, Glow in the Park, and the Annual Bulb & Peony Sale.  Volunteers may choose one or more events.
  • Event Planning Volunteers – Serves on a team with Park staff and board members to plan and execute special programs and events including Passport Through the Botanic Park, Spirng Plant Benefit and the Annual Bulb & Peony Benefit.  Volunteers may choose one or more events.
  • Garden Greeters – Welcomes visitors at the Park’s main entrance to assist with wayfinding, general information, and dynamic conversation. 
  • Guided Tour Guides – Tour guides lead visitors on tours throughout the Park highlighting the Park’s history, individual gardens, plants of interest, wildlife, sculpture, and general information. 

Social Gardeners meet Wednesdays at 9 am. Space is limited to 10 volunteers per shift. Tools are provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Meet at the shed. If you would like to volunteer in the gardeners, sign up HERE