Volunteers are a key part of our mission at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.  In 2012, volunteers gave over 3,000 hours of service at the Arboretum!  We welcome newcomers to the area as well as those just discovering the Arboretum, experienced gardeners and those willing to learn.  Students fulfilling community service hours, retirees, and clubs as well as friends, all are welcome.  Seasonal as well as year round projects are available.

Contact Lisa Martin at (908) 273-8787 ext. 2222 or l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org  to find out more about volunteering.


Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday Ground Force

Join us for a morning of fun outdoor work as we tackle a variety of seasonal projects.  We welcome all volunteers ages 14 and up to participate in one or more of the following Saturday volunteer sessions (please note that 12 and 13 year olds are also welcome to participate, but must be accompanied by an adult who is also volunteering that day):

April 5 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

April 12 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

April 26 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

May 3 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

May 10 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

May 17 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

May 24 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

May 31 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Please note that registration is required.  Please contact Lisa Martin to register or for more information! 

NOTE TO VOLUNTEERS:  Volunteers should dress in warm, comfortable clothing, wear sturdy shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.  Tools, gloves and water will be provided.



If you have a love of both horticulture and history that you would like to share with others, become a Garden Docent at Reeves-Reed Arboretum! Garden Docents will lead informative and inspiring group tours of the gardens and grounds.

If you are interested in this volunteer program, please know that:

  • Garden Docents should be comfortable with public speaking.
  • Most tours will take place on weekdays.
  • Training in notable features, plant collections, and Arboretum history will be provided.
  • This program is open to volunteers ages 19 and up.
  • Deadline is March 31.

Please contact Lisa Martin at (908) 273-8787 ext. 2222 or l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org for more information.


Special Event Volunteers

Be part of exciting seasonal events at the Arboretum!

Daffodil Day – Sunday, April 27.  Help with games, crafts and activities at this Spring family festival, which will have a 1970s theme this year!

For information, contact Lisa Martin at 908-273-8787 ext. 2222 or l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org.  



Arboretum Ambassadors

Do you enjoy interacting with visitors and spending time in a lovely, peaceful setting?  Be a welcoming, informative Arboretum presence in our ground floor gallery between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm on Sundays.  This opportunity is open to adults, college students and high school students entering their junior or senior year.


Corporate, Scout, and School Groups

We welcome corporate, scout, and school groups for single or multiple volunteer sessions, and are happy to work with you to find an opportunity that meets your group’s interests and scheduling needs.

Contact Lisa Martin for more information.