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Nihon Teien Matsuri--Japanese Garden Festival volunteer

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 28 people are interested

Festival volunteers

Hopefully, every festival volunteer will also be one of our AMBASSADORS. This versatile position is present for event needs such as weddings and tours. The Ambassador role creates a pleasant atmosphere, greets guests, and provides direction and information. Provides additional support for events as needed.

* Excellent customer service skills
* Diplomatic and discrete
* Willingness to learn about the history of the Japanese Garden
* Able to devote 1- 5 hours per month
* Ability to build and maintain relationships with college staff and peers
* Flexibility in alternating responsibilities between Eduction Assistant, Garden Ambassador and Tour Guide
* Ability to walk and stand for the duration of event shifts

A knowledge of the Japanese language, Japanese or Japanese American culture, horticulture or Japanese Gardens is a plus, but not required.

On the day of the event, we need volunteers to help set-up and take-down, collect donations, help out in the boutique, lead tours in the garden, sell the history books and coloring books, and lead children's activities. Some years, we need small (Japanese size) models for the Kimono style show.

NOTES--The 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 festivals were canceled. In October 2023 Normandale Foundation and college staff will begin conversations with the leadership of the volunteer group about whether or not to hold a 2024 event. Our annual event took place on the fourth Saturday of September. We help with many aspects of conducting the annual festival. The work on the Festival begins several months in advance of the event. Finding the sponsors, entertainers, speakers, exhibits, and volunteers for each year's Festival takes creativity, networking, and organizational savvy. We can use your help preparing displays.

On Saturday, August 19, 2023, we plan an event called "Imagine Peace" which is free and open to all ages with an emphasis on families. Part of the national "Gardens for Peace" in the month of August, this event is focused on activities that promote peace. We need volunteers for that event!

1 Shift

  • 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    The size of the shifts can vary, but please commit to at least 3 hours.

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The Japanese Garden, 9700 France Ave S., Bloomington, MN 55431, US

Mission Statement

Vision Statement: The Normandale Japanese Garden (Nihon Teien) is an authentic traditional Japanese Garden in North America that provides a special experience to each and every visitor; a Garden open year round to the community; a place where the unique skills and techniques that are necessary to create a Japanese garden are observed, cherished, learned; where specialized interpretation of cultural traditions and elements of the Nihon Teien ensure the continuance for many generations in the future.


Our web pages give a photographic history, including Takao Watanabe's plans. http://www.normandale.edu/community/japanese-garden/history
Friends of Normandale Japanese Garden
Friends of Normandale Japanese Garden is the name of the garden's volunteer group. This group is the newest iteration of the Committee that was founded in 1980. The Committee's mission was to promote and raise funds for the perpetual care and improvement of the garden. In cooperation with the Normandale College Foundation and with Normandale College Staff, the Committee was an advisory body that helped assure that all construction and maintenance adhered to the original design concept of Takao Watanabe. While those roles are the primary responsibility of the college and foundation, volunteers are still important to the garden.
Volunteers meet monthly. We provide interpretation for tours and field trips as well as programs. College staff members share and discuss Master Plans with the volunteer group. We welcome a background related to: gardening, landscape architecture, Japanese gardening or Japanese culture, publicity, horticulture, local government, land use planning, education, communication, or areas related to our mission. We also welcome volunteers who cannot monthly meetings. Event hosts, tour guides (May to October), fall or spring teachers, and Garden Ambassadors! We are also interested in collaborations: wellness teams, artists, actors, ...


Race & Ethnicity
Community, International, Race & Ethnicity


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This opportunity has 1 shift


Normandale Japanese Garden andKopp Student Center, NCC9700 France Ave SBloomington, MN 55431



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Exhibition Arts
  • Customer Service
  • Fundraising
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Japanese


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • The Festival lasts five hours. Some volunteers help for as little as 2 hours. Planning begins 8 months in advance.

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