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Join the Green Team ~ Volunteer Today! 

Conservatory Volunteer Opportunities

The Botanical Conservatory has volunteer openings for gift shop cashiers, outdoor gardening, admissions desk receptionists, and special event workers. Minimum age 10 with accompanying adult, age 15 with staff supervision. Training available as needed. Contact Liz Firestine, at (260) 427-6446.

Volunteer Applications

You can print out and mail an application.  

Click here for our volunteer application

General Information

Volunteers get a 10% discount in the gift shop, free admission anytime during public hours, and training, as appropriate.

General areas of service include staffing the front desk, serving as a cashier or grooming plants in the gift shop, helping with special events, helping with mailings or office administration, and assisting with adult or youth tours.

Volunteers are always welcome at the Botanical Conservatory!

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New Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, February 21, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Botanical Conservatory is inviting new volunteers to join the support team. We look for help at the Front Desk, in the Gift Shop, with special events and to assist with our upcoming live butterfly exhibit. Meet new people, build your skills, and support a community treasure. This orientation to the Conservatory and its volunteer program will help you discover how you can fit in and contribute. Volunteer benefits include free garden admission, discounts on classes and purchases, and annual recognition. For more information, contact Liz at (260) 427-6446 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer Opportunities

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Front Desk Volunteers:
Volunteers greet our guests, ring up admissions, and answer the main Conservatory telephone, transferring calls to the appropriate staff. Volunteers either work a 9:30 am to 1 pm morning shift or a 1 to 5 pm afternoon shift Monday through Saturday and Noon until 4 pm on Sunday. “Regular” and “On Call” positions are available. Training is provided.

Gift Shop Sales:
The gift shop is open daily Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday Noon to 4 pm. We are looking for volunteers to commit to a regular schedule. Morning shifts are from 10 am to 1 pm and afternoon shifts are from 1 to 5 pm Monday ~ Saturday. These volunteers are experts in customer service, ringing up sales, and fulfilling other duties in a retail setting. Volunteers work in teams of two. Training is provided. 

Special Event Volunteers:
Volunteers are needed to staff our many special events throughout the year. The volunteers serve as support for the large crowds that attend these programs. This position is on-call - working around your current availability. 

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 For more information about volunteer opportunities for both adults and teenagers, contact: Liz Firestine,  260-427-6446.  


Upcoming Events

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, New Years Day, Christmas Day


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free