Share your interest and enthusiasm about gardening while you learn more about plants and insects by volunteering at Texas Discovery Gardens. You can help us teach school children, work with plant propagation, and assist with office tasks, marketing and PR. You can serve us at the Gardens or from the comfort of your home.
Volunteers at Texas Discovery Gardens include people that love nature and human interaction, such as community members, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and Rotary Club members. No prior experience is required -- you just need to have a desire to learn about nature and to convey your knowledge to our visitors!
New volunteers should complete a Volunteer Application and mail it, along with the registration fee, to the Outreach Manager. (See the mailing address at the bottom of the page.) Or you can bring the application in-person Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Our volunteer manager is in the office Tuesday-Saturday.)
Did you know volunteers can attend Garden Walks for FREE? Garden walks are typically on the third Saturday each month from 11 am to noon. See the schedule for upcoming Garden Walks here.
For more information, contact our Outreach Manager at 214 428 7476 x 240 or Volunteers@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org
Volunteer Opportunities at Texas Discovery Gardens
EarthKeepers ® Children's Programs
Many of our education efforts are for children. EarthKeepers volunteers will assist the staff educator with tours, crafts, experiments and other hands-on activities. Volunteers help with school programs, scouts, and outreach. Opportunities are mostly weekdays.
Volunteers help with propagation, seed collection, planting, and organization of the greenhouse. Our greenhouse operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm.
Events and Workshops
Help prepare the Gardens for adult education events. Registration, event planning, set-up, speaker assistance during classes, representing the Gardens off-site, and clean-up are some of the assignments. Shifts vary based on events. Email or call for details.
Tropical Butterfly House Docents
Training is required to be a docent. Job shadowing is also available for new volunteers. Docents help visitors identify tropical butterflies and insects, help regulate traffic in and out of the butterfly house, and ensure safe viewing for visitors. Shift times are daily: 9:45 am to 12:15 pm and 12:15 pm to 4:30 pm.
Administration and Office Help
Volunteers help with Texas Discovery Gardens operations, including accounting, PR/marketing, fundraising, membership, and volunteer management. Jobs include office organization, filing, data entry, making phone calls, bulk mailings, and research. Virtual volunteers can help from home if they have a computer and a phone. Shifts are on-going Monday-Saturday.
State Fair of Texas Docents
Training is required to be a docent. Docents help inside the butterfly house, greet visitors, and teach visitors about the native plants and butterflies outside in the gardens.
Contact us at 214 428 7476 x 240 or Volunteers@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org to get started on one of the above listed volunteering positions.