Volunteering at the Fullerton Arboretum
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Would you like to learn about plants? Do you enjoy
meeting new people? Are you a lover of local history? Consider volunteering at
the Fullerton Arboretum. It can be an enriching experience for you and helps to
further the Arboretum's mission of education, conservation and preservation.
How to become a Volunteer at Fullerton Arboretum:
To get started, we invite you to attend an informative 90 minute orientation at the Arboretum. We take
a walking tour of the garden and talk about the many ways volunteers can be involved. If you like what
you hear, you will complete a volunteer application and return it to our Volunteer Manager. Once it is
received and your membership with the Friends verified, the Volunteer Manager will contact you to set
up an appointment to discuss your interests and availability and how they match with the needs of the garden.
Horticulture Volunteers work with Arboretum staff to develop and maintain the living collections, care for our rare and stone
fruit orchards, propagate and grow plants in our Nursery and help visitors make their plant selections at the Nature Center. In addition to learning
about environmentally responsible gardening and plant identification, horticulture volunteers meet quarterly for a presentation by the Horticulture staff
and to meet new volunteers!
Nature Guide Volunteers receive in depth and hands-on training to give tours of the garden. They also support our Environmental
Education program by assisting with program development, tours and teacher development. Nature Guides meet monthly at 1pm on the third Tuesday for
enrichment and to meet new volunteers. Read the latest copy of our Nature Guide newsletter here.
Victorian Docent Volunteers support our mission of education by conducting tours and caring for our 1894 Eastlake Victorian cottage known
as "Heritage House". The Victorian Society meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month for an informative history-related program and to meet new volunteers.
Read the latest copy of our Victorian Society newsletter here.
Nature Center Docent Volunteers greet visitors as they enter the garden, providing information about the Arboretum, upcoming classes
and directing them to their area of interest. Volunteers also assist visitors with plant purchases and with the interpretive displays inside the Nature Center.
Museum Docent Volunteers greet visitors to our OC Agricultural & Nikkei Heritage Museum and answer questions about the exhibits. Exhibits
change throughout the year and docents receive training for each new exhibit. Museum hours are 12pm-4pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Education Volunteers help the Education manager with class registrations, set up and instructional support.