Volunteering at the Monk Botanical Gardens

The Monk Botanical Gardens depends heavily on volunteers. And our volunteers—hundreds of them—enjoy working at the Gardens. From weeding and clearing brush, to trimming trees and bushes, to planting the gardens and building and maintaining our structures, to helping with events and committee work…volunteers perform thousands of hours of service that are helping us grow the Gardens into Central Wisconsin’s first and finest botanical garden.

If you would like to inquire about volunteer opportunities or have questions, please contact us at volunteer@monkgardens.org.

Are you a current volunteer?  Click here to record your monthly hours.

Open Volunteer Hours

Thursdays, 8:30am-10:30am (June 6 - October 24; No Volunteer day on July 4th)
2nd and 4th Monday of the month in June & July from 5pm-7pm.

Get outside and get busy helping the Gardens grow!

Everyone is welcomed to join one of the Gardens' staff to help with a variety of projects at any time during the open volunteer hours.  The projects may focus on general grounds maintenance or on getting our newly acquired residential house ready for use.  Painting, staining, washing windows, weeding, mulching, and invasive species removal are just a few of the tasks we will tackle during these times.  We welcome children aged 12 and up but they must be accompanied by an adult.    

Meet at the main entrance inside the Gardens.  You can drop in at any time and stay as long as you want during the open hours.  No minimum requirement.  Dress for the weather. We suggest long pants and closed toed shoes. Please bring work gloves if you have them.

Questions?  Contact us at volunteer@monkgardens.orgor call 715-261-6309.

Volunteer Opportunities

Handy Person: Looking for someone who likes to fix and build stuff.  This would be an on call position where we would call when stuff broke.  We have two buildings that include bathrooms and gatesthat sometimes need repairs.  

Docents (Garden Guides-Summer only): Share your knowledge by leading tours of our Gardens for adult groups and school groups. Welcome and direct the public, hand out support materials and answer questions about the Garden’s grounds, programs and history.

Garden Maintenance Member: A special opportunity for gardeners wishing to help with weeding, pruning, planting and maintaining beds at the Gardens.

Media Assistant: Create social media marketing plans and implement to promote our programs and fundraising efforts. Conduct website updates. Can be from the convenience of your own home.

Graphic Design: Love to design posters, brochures and other printed materials? Must be able to use InDesign.

Special Events Supporter: The Gardens has several special events that allow people to come and experience the Gardens in a variety of unique and exciting ways. The success of these events depends on the time and talents of our volunteers. Help with set up, flow of event, and clean up for family and/or adult event/project/workshop.

Committee Member: Serve on a Garden Committee (Special Events i.e. Booze & Botany, Season Kick-off event, Shakespeare in the Gardens & a new event for 2020, Finance, Development, Grounds, Facilities, Governance).

Volunteer Coordinator: Work with the volunteers of the Gardens to create a well-organized, rewarding volunteer program.

Volunteer Recruiter:  Help us find new volunteers.  Use social media, attend events and get creative!