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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 now complete this on-line pdf and then print and mail it to:  Volunteer Coordinator, 1100 S. Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802  

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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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with the Butterflies!

The Botanical Conservatory needs volunteers for this year’s Butterfly exhibit, coming up in April. Two at a time, paid and volunteer staff provide customer service and exhibit oversight in the Botanical Conservatory’s temporary live butterfly exhibit during public hours. Formal training is required and provided annually. USDA regulation requires that an exhibit containing insects from out of state be constantly staffed to ensure containment. The time commitment for this position involves a 3-hour mandatory training or appropriate refresher training annually, along with as many 2-3 hour shifts as mutually agreeable during 10-12 week run of exhibit from mid-April through early July. Interested candidates should fill out a volunteer application, contact the Conservatory (Liz Firestine – 427-6446) and plan to attend one 3-hour training session. Available sessions are:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 9 am - 12 noon
  • Thursday, March 14, 5 - 8 pm
  • Saturday, March 16 9 am - 12 noon
  • Tuesday, March 19, 1 - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, March 20, 9 am - 12 noon
  • Thursday, March 21, 9 am - 12 noon
  • Tuesday, March 26, 1 - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, March 27, 1 - 4 pm
  • Thursday, March 28, 9 am - 12 noon
  • Tuesday, April 9, 1 - 4 pm

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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.  


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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