Cleveland Botanical Garden is a year-round, educational oasis in the city where students can explore unusual plants, different ecosystems, plant and animal interactions, and beautiful gardens. We use discovery-based and hands-on education to encourage students of all ages to ask questions, use the natural world for answers, and hone their observation skills. Volunteers who are willing to share their excitement about plants and the amazing natural world around us with students are currently needed in two areas.
First, our Rainforest Adventure Spring Exhibit explores one of the least-known habitats on Earth, the rainforest! In this exhibit, guests find their way through an interactive maze of abundant and sometimes unfamiliar sights, sounds, and plant and animal biodiversity as they experience one of the world’s greatest treasures. Volunteers are needed to assist visitors through this highly interactive display. As a Rainforest “Activity Assistant” or “Mazemaster,” you will help guests “swing” through the canopy at the Brachiation Station or watch out for creepy-crawlies in the climb-on spider’s web, assist children as they “fly” through the understory on the butterfly zip slide, or encourage them to try their best “frog leap” on the forest floor! Rainforest Adventure runs March 7 – April 26, and weekday, evening, and weekend shifts are available.
Interested? Volunteers ages 18 and up can complete our online Rainforest Adventure Volunteer Application and Orientation Registration here. Teens ages 16-17 who are interested in volunteering for Rainforest Adventure may complete and return the application here.
Second, we are recruiting volunteers to serve as School Guides and Girl Scout Guides. No green thumb or science background is required, just a passion for science, enjoying and appreciating nature, and making a difference in the lives of local pre-K and elementary school students. School Guide positions are primarily available weekdays and the typical volunteer shift is about 1.5 hours; Girl Scout Guides will typically volunteer on weekends for about 1.5 hours. All Guide volunteers are asked to volunteer a minimum of 2-3 times a month depending on the season and availability of opportunities; flexible scheduling is available. Volunteer orientation and onboarding, training and shadowing for the position, and a background check is required upon acceptance as a volunteer.
Interested? Volunteers ages 18 and up can complete our online School Guide/Girl Scout Guide Individual Volunteer Application here.
For more information or requests for group volunteer activities, please contact us at [email protected] or 216.707.2822.
View volunteer opportunities at the Holden Arboretum here.