The Gardens at the Botanical Center depend upon volunteers to help realize the FOG mission to

"inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board."


Articles about volunteering for Friends of the Garden.

2016 Volunteers Are Needed! SURVEY

Friends of the Garden & Springfield Botanical Gardens Announce: 2016 Volunteers are Needed!

“Finding your meaningful place of service”

Friends of the Gardens’ mission includes the development and on-going maintenance for the gardens. One of our goals includes providing opportunities for groups or individuals to be involved in many different ways. We have a complete list of opportunities to provided volunteer service both inside and outside for those with different physical and scheduling needs (see the survey below).

Please let us know if you want to be a part of the volunteer team!

Click here for a quick survey!

Volunteering with Friends of the Garden

Editor's Note: Make sure and read this entire article. It lists virtually every opportunity available to us as Friends of the Garden members.

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Something truly special happens when you share yourself with others…. You’ll have opportunities to meet new people and make new friends, share interests and hobbies with others, work in a beautiful and stimulating environment, and make your community a better place to live.

An added benefit is the satisfaction that comes with helping the Gardens fulfill its mission by providing valuable services and programs for school children, gardeners, nature enthusiasts, professional horticulturists, home owners, and others in the community.

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Butterfly House Volunteers Needed

Butterfly House Volunteers needed:

We are having record numbers of visitors to the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House each year and it would be wonderful to expand our hours of operation. However that requires more volunteers (docents) that would like to learn more about butterflies and talk to people. Please consider joining our team and think about your friends and family that might also be interested in helping us. We do have parents and children plus husbands and wives teaming up together. It's fun and easy!

The annual Butterfly Festival will again be in July so please make a note to follow up on that. Plus, don't forget our annual Monarch Tagging day usually held early each fall.

If you have any suggestions that would help our visitors enjoy their Butterfly House visits even more we would like to hear from you.

Let us know if you are able to join our team or have any questions.

Butterfly House Coordinator
Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO, 65807
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Phone: 417.891.1515

Friends of the Garden Volunteers

by George Deatz

A member's important question: Please, tell me more about the Friends of the Garden volunteers. I am curious what your thoughts are about this subject.

Answer: My thoughts in a "nut shell" on volunteers. There is always a percentage of people that are members of a group that will actually "volunteer hands on". There are many things a volunteer can do to contribute to a group's success and community mission. The amount of time is not important, it's the quality of time that counts.

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Donate to Friends of the Garden

Tax deductible contributions can be made payable to:
  • Friends of the Garden
  • PO Box 8566
  • Springfield, MO 65801

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Volunteer Handbook

Download the Volunteer Handbook

The Gardens at the Botanical Center depends on volunteers to help realize its mission to enhance people's lives with plants through plant demonstrations, and education. This Volunteer Handbook is designed to acquaint you with the programs, history, goals, and management of the Gardens. It also provides guidelines, policies, and procedures of the Garden Volunteer program to help you as a Botanical Center volunteer.

pdf  Volunteer Handbook (1.56 MB)