Please note that Wisner House is open only by appointment during the month of January.  However, Arboretum Grounds, Visitors Center, Education Center and Greenhouse will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm every day.

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 Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Martin at or 908-273-8787 ext. 1313.

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 Lisa Martin (see contact information above) for details.


Recurring Volunteer Opportunities

Summer is here – 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 helping our Horticulture staff maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds. 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. See listings below for session dates and times. Registration is required. To register, contact Lisa Martin at 908-273-8787 ext. 1313 or

Tuesday Ground Force

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Tuesday Ground Force will begin again in Spring 2017.  Hope to see you then!
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Thursday Ground Force

9:30 am to 11:30 pm

Thursday Ground Force will begin again in Spring 2017. Hope to see you then!
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Saturday Ground Force

9:30 am to 11:30 am

Saturday Ground Force will begin again in Spring 2017. Hope to see you then!
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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.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Special Events

Be a part of exciting seasonal events at the Arboretum! Our Maple Sugaring Festival is on Sunday, February 26 and volunteers are needed to help with activities at this annual family festival. This opportunity is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Volunteer hours are 12:00 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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