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Volunteer Opportunities at Wing Haven
Administrative / Office Support
Children’s ProgramsWork closely with our Children’s and Family Education 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, Holiday Trees for Wildlife, and our Naturalist Egg Hunt. 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 bag of Wing Haven birdseed to take home to feed the birds in their neighborhood. Training required.
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.
Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden
Do you like to learn? This historically significant house and experimental garden is one of the country’s rare gems.
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 & Farm to Table Dinner)
Are events your thing? Assist our Development Director and Executive Director with planning, publicity, and underwriting of these major fundraising events. Each event is biennial and takes place in the Fall. Help us plan and implement these events to support Wing Haven operations and programs!
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.
PEEPs (Preschool Environmental Education Program)
Help us continue the legacy of education and outreach! Our PEEPs program provides inner-city children a chance to visit the gardens and learn about nature. 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. Training required.
Visit www.winghavengardens.org/VolunteerForm.asp and sign up to become a Wing Haven Roots Volunteer today or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What our volunteers say about the gardens...
"It is a joy to be with others who love gardening, birding, and the history of the two Elizabeth's"
Janet Voelker, Volunteer
“Every time you come in, you learn something new.”
Pat Hartsell, Volunteer
"Volunteering at Wing Haven has broadened my horizons by expanding my knowledge of plants, trees, and birds, while creating lasting new friendships among the other volunteers. I enjoy helping visitors by introducing them to unique plants and the histories of both the Clarkson and Elizabeth Lawrence Gardens. In a world filled with technology, and too little appreciation of nature, Wing Haven has been a peaceful refuge for me."
Bob Rossier, Volunteer
“The garden has the friendliest, nicest people. Everyone is so willing to share their knowledge.”
Sue Riley, Volunteer