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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. Be a part of our Family Fun Day this summer, or help keep our garden beds weed-free. Training available as needed. Contact Megan Butler at (260) 427-6446.

Butterfly Volunteers Needed at Conservatory

Training in March to help April-June

As the Conservatory prepares for its 15th year of live butterflies, the staff is looking for volunteers to assist in monitoring the entrance and exit vestibules of the new exhibit. Butterfly Attendants assist visitors with exhibit protocols and in preventing butterfly escapes, while helping to make the guests’ experience positive. Volunteers can choose among 2- or 3-hour shifts Tuesdays through Sundays. Training is required; multiple class dates are available. Register for training with volunteer supervisor Rebecca Canales by calling (260) 427-6442 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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!

Now available: Botanical Buzz: April Newsletter 

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. 
Bulk Mail Volunteers:
We do several major mailings per year, plus monthly mailings, and volunteers are needed to help process them and prepare them for mailing. Training is provided. On-call positions, as needed.

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 For more information about volunteer opportunities for both adults and teenagers, contact: Megan Butler,  260-427-6446 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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