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Volunteer Opportunities at Wing Haven
Administrative / Office Support
Children’s ProgramsWork closely with our Children’s Programs Coordinator in planning and implementing special events for children and families. This fun-filled opportunity includes recruiting other volunteers and using an online volunteer sign-up tool for programs like Halloween at the Haven, Christmas Tree for Wildlife, and our Family.
Easter Event. If you love connecting with others, this may be the spot for you!
Children's Tour Docent
There’s nothing quite like a child’s sense of discovery of nature. Lead groups of children (preschool through elementary) through the Clarkson Gardens. Guidelines for tours are designed for each age range. For young children, each tour begins with a story and then a walk through the gardens with a brief lesson about our most common birds and the 3 components of a bird habitat. Each tour concludes with refreshing lemonade in the Main Garden behind the Clarkson home; children are given a small baggie of Wing Haven birdseed to take home to feed the birds in their neighborhood.
Are you a story-teller? Serve as a tour guide for groups visiting the gardens. Training will be provided, so you will know all about the wonder that is Wing Haven - our history, plants, birds and other unique facts - and share that knowledge with others. Tours are scheduled year-round, though most are conducted March, April and May.
Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden
Do you like to learn? This is the place for you. This historically significant home and experimental garden is one of the country’s rare gems. Learning opportunities in the house and garden are virtually endless.
Events / ProgramsAre you an organizer/planner? Are you detail-oriented? Then this is the role for you! Assist staff with our various lectures, workshops and special events by setting up, greeting, and introducing speakers. This includes daytime and evening events; volunteer commitment is flexible.
Fall Fundraisers (Wing Haven Symposium & the local harvest)
Are events your thing? Lend your creative talents to two of our most popular events! Assist our Development Director with planning, publicity, and underwriting of these major fundraising events - each event takes place in October every other year. You will also work closely with our Executive Director and our Marketing/PR Coordinator in planning and implementing these events.
Gardeners’ Garden Tour
Get to know Charlotte’s best private gardens (and the gardeners who created them)! Assist with planning and organization of this successful annual garden tour, which takes place each May. Other opportunities during the tour include greeting garden tour goers, checking tickets and/or answering questions at the gardens, and making sure garden hosts have all necessary supplies.
Like to plan parties and/or cook? We need you to help prepare food for, and perform other related tasks (such as setting up, serving, cleaning up, providing flowers and/or other decorations) for the following events:
Host / Hostess
Greet Wing Haven visitors during regular Garden Open Hours, and give them the tools they need to enjoy a self-guided tour through both of our gardens. Also process admission payments. If a regular time slot each week/month suits your schedule, this is the opportunity for you.
In the Clarkson Gardens
Like to get your hands dirty? Choose from these groups that help keep the Clarkson Gardens beautiful:
In the Nursery
Calling all plant enthusiasts, or those who want to learn more! Come make new friends, learn a ton, and help with one of Wing Haven’s fundraisers. You do not need to be a gardener to help. Join us as we work in the Nursery to plan, implement, and staff our biannual Plant Sales in October and April - all while making new friends.
You say retail is your thing? Join our wonderful group of volunteers and help us Sell Sell Sell the treasures in our Nursery Shop during the Plant Sales and other special events.
PEEPS (Preschool Environmental Education Programs)
Help us continue the legacy of education and outreach! Our PEEPs program invites inner-city children to visit the gardens and learn about God’s green earth. Work with at-risk 3 and 4-year-olds attending one of Charlotte’s inner-city preschools in this literacy-based curriculum which includes a story, garden walk, hands-on activity, and snack. Enjoy the wonder of Nature as it begins to bloom and grow for these under-served preschoolers.
Enjoy Assists with maintaining volunteer database, and helps Auxiliary Council Chairs with recruitment and organization (including online sign-up tools); flexible commitment.
Visit www.winghavengardens.org/VolunteerForm.asp and sign up to become a Wing Haven Roots Volunteer today!
What our volunteers say about the gardens...
“Every time you come in, you learn something new.”
Pat Hartsell, 4-year volunteer
“Come early and walk the gardens. That’s the most wonderful time.”
Dawn Ridley, Volunteer
“The garden has the friendliest, nicest people. Everyone is so willing to share their knowledge.”
Sue Riley, Volunteer
“Everybody here has their specialty. I’ve lived in Charlotte all my life but never knew about Wing Haven. I was so busy with my own family and life that I didn’t have time to do much else. One man, his name was Shiloh, told his family that he was going to paradise. It’s just a place to get away from the rest of the world, and the people are wonderful.”
“Where else can you go and see things that no one else has? Maybe at University levels... A trial garden in a residential setting. I lived less than a block away and never knew what was behind the brick wall. It’s absolutely Charlotte’s best-kept secret.”