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Fernwood Botanical Garden- nature lovers needed

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Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

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Volunteers Needed

Individual/Duo opportunities:
Visitor Center
Work 2+ hour shifts with a staff member, greeting visitors to the garden. Tuesday-Sunday. Take admissions, help with gift shop check out, direct visitors with a map and share your delight of nature with others. Visitor Center volunteers are needed year round.

Education Center
Work 2.5-3.5 hour shifts, individually or with a friend. Tuesday-Sunday. No education experience needed, though working with and around children (and books) will happen in the Education Center! Greet and talk to visitors, assist in checking out books, and share a love of nature and wonder with visitors. Education Center Volunteers are needed year round.

Railway Garden
Work 2.5-3.5 hour shifts, work individually or with a friend or the whole family. Tuesday-Sunday. No mechanical talents needed. Greet and talk to visitors, monitor the trains, enjoy the outdoors and beautiful scenery at Fernwood and share your love of simple delight with visitors. Railway Garden volunteers are needed May-October. There is opportunity for train and track maintenance in the winter/early spring months.

Group Opportunities:
Fernwood LIGHTS:

During this winter season, a different kind of color will light up Fernwood Botanical Garden and delight our community. Instead of flowers, visitors will find twinkling holiday lights set to festive music while strolling amongst the pathways of our garden. Many remember the Fernwood light display as a classic holiday traditional event but this will be a whole new experience you won't want to miss! We are looking for volunteers to pick one (or more) night(s) Thursday-Sunday, between November 26-January 2nd, 4pm-9:30pm to help our event run smoothly. Training will be provided that evening from 4-4:45pm as doors open at 5pm. (None needed on 12/24 or 12/25). Volunteers will help direct traffic, ensure safety, take tickets, and greet and provide assistance to visitors. There will be a variety of "jobs" available for various types of volunteers- some indoors, some outdoors, all with a great deal of satisfaction in helping Fernwood visitors experience a magical evening of lights and nature. Volunteers will get 1 free ticket per volunteer to attend a different evening to enjoy the lights at their own pace and of course, the satisfaction of being a part of a great event!

Other Opportunities:
We work with various sized/ability groups to execute community service projects that benefit Fernwood such as mulching, weeding, event set up/break down, fundraising event assistance, etc. Let's work together!

More opportunities with Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

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About Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve


13988 RANGE LINE RD., Niles, MI 49120, US

Mission Statement

Fernwood’s mission is to enrich people's lives by awakening and deepening their appreciation of nature and the possibilities of harmony between people, plants, gardens, and wildlife.


A favorite of all who love nature-flora and fauna, Fernwood Botanical Garden is situated on the St. Joseph River in Niles, Michigan, near Buchanan in picturesque Berrien County. Fernwood is only minutes from South Bend, Indiana, and Southwestern Michigan’s famous wine country and shore communities. Fernwood comprises 105 acres and protects at least 10 ecosystems and is a birder’s paradise. Visitors may enjoy natural areas with miles of walking and hiking trails, a reconstructed prairie, an arboretum, and cultivated public gardens that include an herb garden, Japanese garden, perennial border, rain garden, railway garden, nature adventure garden, hardy fern collection, and other special collections and gardens.

Now more than ever, public gardens play an important role in offering a safe place of beauty and healing. We look forward to welcoming you to Fernwood’s 105 acres of gardens and natural areas.

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13988 RANGE LINE RD.Niles, MI 49120



  • Gardening
  • People Skills
  • Retail / Sales


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • For Individuals: 1 shift per month, though many volunteers work multiple shifts each month on a schedule. We also have a need for on-call or fill-in volunteers who can help when they are available. For Groups: You can pick many dates to assist!
  • Those working with children are subject to a background check.

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