The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. The Society is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society’s headquarters, Garden in the Woods, is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world. From monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs.
Our volunteer guides offer visitors a personal introduction to Garden in the Woods, New England Wild Flower Society, and the beauty and importance of native plants. Guides lead tours at Garden in the Woods from April 16 to October 15. Tours usually take about 1.5 hours and follow a trail through the natural woodland, which is a little less than a mile in length. Guides lead both informal drop-in tours and scheduled tours for groups such as garden clubs, senior centers, and horticultural organizations throughout the season.
In addition to sharing and discovering plants and nature with others, guides receive free admission to Garden in the Woods. Guides also enjoy opportunities to learn, grow as individuals, and to share with others who have compatible interests. Active guides who lead 8 or more tours a year have the opportunity to take free classes with the Society, space permitting. Guides also enjoy special volunteer programs ranging from garden tours to slide presentations and lectures at brown-bag lunches. Seasonal talks and walks are also offered as refreshers for guides.
- People Skills
- Environmental Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Lead at least 8 tours from April-October
- Successful guides are open-minded, willing to learn, friendly, patient, reliable, and enthusiastic