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Are you interested in volunteering at Friendship Botanic Gardens? We would be happy to have you join us! The gardens rely heavily on local volunteers and there are many different areas where your time and service would be extremely helpful and beneficial. Volunteer assistance is needed but not limited to the following areas:

Cabin Hosts

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During our open season, usually a 4-hour shift (9 a.m.-1 p.m., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.) May through October. Volunteer will greet guests, sell admission, sell memberships and educate guests about the gardens and events.


Get assigned a specific area in the Gardens to help maintain during the season. Also help with miscellaneous garden projects.


Join the Tuesday Morning Grounds Staff led by one of our main volunteers and help the grounds crew with special projects. You can also help the grounds crew anytime during the week that is fits your schedule.

Educational/Family Events

Assist the day of the event in a variety of ways. Events include the Easter Egg-Stravaganza, Reptile Romp, Bug Safari, Butterfly Bonanza, Haunted Trails/Family Fall Fest, and Thanksgiving Gobble Gobble Walk.

Fundraising Events

Assist on the day of a fundraising event and/or participate on the event committee to assist with planning an event. Fundraising events include our annual fundraising gala, Opera in the Gardens, musical concerts and our annual golf outing.


Join the Fundraising Committee and assist with all areas of fundraising.


Miscellaneous Administrative Tasks

Help out in the office with various administrative tasks.

Contact us at (219)-878-9885 or email for more information, or complete our online volunteer form below.



If you are interested in learning more about how a non-profit works, as well as learning more about business operations, view our internships page. We have many exciting opportunities for you at Friendship Botanic Gardens. We provide internships for high school seniors and internships for college students. We have summer internships, fall semester internships, and spring semester internships.


Many local high schools require or recommend community service hours for their students to strengthen their college applications, as well as to simply learn the value of doing something good for your community. Friendship Botanic Gardens welcomes students and teenagers to do their service hours with us! We can schedule a project for an individual or a group.


Community service is a sentencing option or condition that requires some to take unpaid positions with nonprofit agencies. You will need to work a specified number of hours in a given time period determined by the court. We always have a need for volunteer help and in doing so you can help your community grow and thrive. We can get all of your paperwork filled out and verified per court order and you can do your part to give back to the community. We will work with those who are committed and serious about filling their community service hours for the courts. For more information about community service, please click here.

Volunteer Application Form

Friendship Gardens is dependent on volunteers. If you have looked at the list of available volunteer positions and are ready to lend a hand, great! Please help us get to know you better by filling out the form below. We are anxious to have you aboard as we develop the Gardens. We keep our calendar updated with upcoming volunteer projects — let’s get you on the list today!

Please complete the required fields and then download the form with your changes. Send a copy of the completed form back to us through email to

Volunteer Form PDF

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