Volunteering at the Morris Arboretum can be a rewarding and stimulating experience. You will learn new skills, make new friends, and become a valued member of the extended volunteer staff. The Arboretum could not accomplish all that it does without the help of its volunteers who play an integral role in the organization. Listed below are some of the areas in need of assistance, with a contact person for each area. Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity. We hope to see you at the Arboretum soon!
Play a key role at the Arboretum by welcoming visitors and leading tours for school children, families, and adult groups. No previous background knowledge is necessary, but an interest in plants, history and ecology is important, as is an eagerness to communicate these topics to visitors. Must be able to walk hilly terrain for at least an hour.
A course designed specifically for new guides is offered every March. While we accept applications all year, the deadline for the next class is January 31.
Please complete an application and email, bring in or mail to:
Morris Arboretum, Attn: Liza Hawley
100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
For more information contact: Liza Hawley - firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.247.5777 ext.128.
Volunteers assist in garden maintenance of our living plant collections. They meet once a week on a weekday morning from the first week in March through mid-December. The group rotates throughout the Arboretum grounds working in a variety of uneven terrains. Together as a group, they tackle a number of physical garden tasks such as hand weeding, digging, mulching, pruning and invasive plant removal under the supervision of the Arboretum horticulture staff. Previous gardening experience is helpful, but not required, and you must be able to lift at least 10-15lbs. Before you begin volunteering, you must submit an application, as signed waiver as well as attend one of our monthly orientation sessions. Orientations are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from March-Nov. at 8:00am. Application and waiver must be submitted in order to register for the orientation. Please email for further information.
Contact: Pam Morris Olshefski - email@example.com or 215.247.5777 ext.188
Volunteers play a key role by welcoming visitors to the display, answering questions and helping visitors experience everything there is to see and do at the Arboretum. If you enjoy interacting with both children and adults, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Shifts are three hours in length (10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.). Come spend a few hours at the Arboretum and experience the magic of the trains!
Contact: Vince Marrocco - firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.247.5777 ext.143
Have fun while lending a helping hand at special events such as the spring Plant Sale and Fall Festival. Volunteers assist in a variety of ways such as checking out plants at the sale and helping with children’s arts and crafts activities. Most of these events occur on weekends. If you would like to be contacted as these events are approaching to see if they work with your schedule, please send an email to the staff contact listed below.
Contact: Michelle Conners - email@example.com or 215.247.5777 ext.109
Volunteers work with development office staff and assist in all aspects of membership, annual giving, and special event mailings. Tasks include labeling, stuffing, and sorting. Volunteers usually come on the same day of the week on a regular basis.
Contact: Alison Thornton – firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.247.5777 ext.105
Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to become Visitor Education Volunteers and make a positive contribution to the Arboretum and the community at large.
Get behind-the-scenes training that will help you make every visitor's experience the best possible. Learn from Arboretum staff and experienced volunteers how to uncover the sources of all Arboretum knowledge. Meet the nicest people: Visitors at the Morris Arboretum!
To be considered for the next class, please complete an application and email, bring in or mail to:
Morris Arboretum, Attn: Liza Hawley
100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
For more information contact: Liza Hawley - email@example.com or 215.247.5777 ext.128.
Volunteers are needed to work with the marketing staff on the promotion of the Arboretum. Tasks might include developing articles for the press, volunteering at events, and proof reading. Another area of need is website and technical expertise to implement interactive communication tools and social media for members and visitors.
Contact: Susan Crane - firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.247.5777 ext.121
The Run-of-the-Mill volunteers are restoring Springfield Mills to water-powered operation. The structure dates to 1854 with elements from 1761 and sits along the Wissahickon on the Arboretum’s Bloomfield Farm. The mill stones and water-powered machinery are over a century old. Volunteers work on the mill on the second Saturday of every month and operate the mill during public events at Bloomfield. Activities include carpentry, masonry, equipment restoration and general clean up. Research, documentation and education volunteers are welcome. Learn more about Springfield Mills
Contact: Bob Gutowski - email@example.com or 215.247.5777 ext.132
The Archivist at the Morris Arboretum organizes and conserves historic papers, journals, objects, and photographs from the period of the Morris family’s ownership of the Compton Estate, and through its early years with the University of Pennsylvania. Volunteers help conserve or organize historic objects, or take on a project to catalog or research the historical documents. Library or research experience are helpful. Volunteers work on weekdays with the archivist, usually two to four hours at a time, three or four afternoons a month at their convenience. Learn more about the history of Morris Arboretum
Contact: Leslie Morris-Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.247.5777 ext.175
Be a part of the action! Volunteers in Visitor Experience are the face of the Arboretum, interacting with our visitors (over 130,000 a year!) in a multitude of ways. On any given day (though mostly weekends), you may be out in a field directing parking, welcoming visitors, helping folks get in and out of the shuttle, or out in the Garden assisting visitors (and protecting the trees). This is a great opportunity for someone who loves helping people and moving around and doesn’t mind rotating responsibilities.
Contact: Christopher Dorman– email@example.com or 215.247.5777 ext.136
Physical Facilities volunteers play a vital role in helping to maintain some of the features at Morris Arboretum such as fountains and visitor center. Tasks range from helping paint interior walls to skimming leaves from fountains to keep the water flowing and the pumps from burning out. A background in a skilled trade such as mechanics or carpentry would be very helpful, but not required. No heavy lifting or expert knowledge is required for many jobs.
Contact: Tom Wilsom – firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.247.5777 ext.108
Are you an avid gardener, nature enthusiast, or horticultural professional looking to share your expertise? We are currently seeking volunteer guest contributors to write for the Morris Arboretum Blog. Journalism/editorial writing experience a plus, but not required.
For more information please contact the Marketing Department at email@example.com
The Holiday Garden Railway is not running today due to the rain.
The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed due to renovations to the turf after a long, hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. While we will hope to reopen quickly, some variables are unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming visitors back on our newly restored Rose Garden turf soon.
Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.
Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.