Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the mission of Reeves-Reed Arboretum and are one of the great strengths of our organization. They provide vital support in the gardens and make special events and festivals possible. They share their time, enthusiasm and dedication. We welcome newcomers to the area as well as those just discovering or rediscovering the Arboretum. Our diverse volunteer network includes students, retirees, avid gardeners, teachers, nature lovers and many others.

So join us – enjoy the beauty of the Arboretum and the camaraderie of being a part of a committed community of Arboretum volunteers!

Look through our volunteer opportunities to see what might work for you. To register or for more information contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at or 908-273-8787 ext. 1616.

VOLUNTEER MEMBERSHIPS:  We value your time, expertise and dedication! Volunteers over 18 years old and  completing 12 hours receive an Individual level membership. Please contact Trish Cassin (see contact information above) for details.

 We welcome CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS!  Please click here for Merck volunteers at work!

Recurring Volunteer Opportunities

Spring is coming – what better time to participate in a Ground Force session? These sessions are a great opportunity for adults and students who enjoy working outdoors! Spend a morning or afternoon helping our Horticulture staff maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds. For Saturday Ground Force, we welcome volunteers ages 14 and up to participate in one or more sessions. 12 and 13 year olds are also welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult volunteer. Monday and Thursday Ground Force sessions are open to ages 18 and up. See listings below for session dates and times. Registration is required by 2:00 pm of the preceding day (and by 2:00 pm on Friday for Monday's Ground Force). To register, contact Trish Cassin at 908-273-8787 ext. 1616 or

Monday Ground Force

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

April 2 April 30
April 9 May 7
April 16 May 21
April 23
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Thursday Ground Force

9:30 am to 11:30 am

April 5 May 3
April 12 May 10
April 19 May 17
April 26 May 24
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Saturday Ground Force

9:30 am to 11:30 am

April 14 May 26
April 21 June 16
April 28 June 23
May 12 June 30
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NOTE TO VOLUNTEERS: Ground Force volunteers will be working outside and should wear sturdy, closed toed shoes with long socks, and rugged, comfortable clothing. Long pants are necessary. We supply gloves as well as all other tools and materials. It is always a good idea to bring a refillable water bottle, and on sunny days, a hat. In light rain, we will still work, so if drizzles are predicted, please bring rain gear. We suggest that volunteers use their own insect repellent and sunscreen. Our front gates will open automatically as a vehicle approaches. To get to the parking area, proceed down the driveway, past Wisner House. Unless otherwise instructed, volunteers will meet at the barn.

*For Monday, Thursday and Saturday Ground Force volunteers, please click here for the volunteer waiver form. 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Special Events

Be a part of exciting seasonal events at the Arboretum! Daffodil Day is Sunday, April 22 and volunteers are needed to help with games, crafts and activities at this annual spring family festival. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Volunteers can register for any of the following shifts: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm; 10:00 am to 1:30 pm; or 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

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Garden Docents

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.
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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.

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