Located at Wildcat Canyon Road (between Anza View Road & South Park Drive, near Brazil Bldg.), Berkeley, CA (South Park Drive is closed November through March) Ph: (510) 544-3169, BGarden@ebparks.org
Volunteer Opportunities at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden
There are several ways you can support the Regional Parks Botanic Garden as a volunteer:
- Become a docent and lead tours of the Botanic Garden for weekend visitors and/or school groups during the week. Docent training is offered once each year, usually in the winter/spring, with more than 20 weekly sessions of three-and-a-half hours each. Docent training is comprehensive, covering everything from basic botany to California plant ecology and interpretive techniques, and it is backed up by subsequent enrichment classes, including field trips. Email: BGarden@ebparks.org for more information.
Visit the Friends website for more information on the content of the docent training classes and schedule: www.nativeplants.org.
- Help propagate and maintain potted California native plants offered for sale to the public to support the Botanic Garden. Plant sale volunteers meet at the garden in the potting shed area of the Juniper Lodge building on most Thursday mornings between 9:00am and 11:00am. Volunteers are also needed to water the plants on Tuesdays and/or Sundays. Many of the volunteers are experienced horticulturists, but experience isn’t necessary; volunteering for the plant sale is an excellent way to learn about native plants. Just show up at the potting shed at 9:00am on Thursday.
- Help maintain the garden (light gardening work such as weeding, raking, nursery work) under the supervision of the garden supervisor, usually working closely with a gardener. If you can donate your time on a regular basis (once a week, twice a month, etc.) and have some gardening experience, contact Liz Bittner, the garden supervisor, at (510) 544-3167 or email: email@example.com
- Work with the board of the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in publicizing and raising funds for the Botanic Garden through many different types of activities. No experience is needed, just a love of the garden and a desire to help. Friends board meetings are usually held in the Botanic Garden's Visitor Center auditorium on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00am, and everyone is welcome to attend. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Collect seeds in the Botanic Garden. The Seedy Friends volunteer group meets on occasional Tuesdays - more often in summer and fall to gather seeds when they are ripe, and infrequently in winter to package seeds. The group meets at Juniper Lodge (the potting shed near the west gate) at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden at 11:30am, for an hour or two. In the process, learn a lot about the plants, the seeds, and propagation, and enjoy the walk in the garden. Packaged seeds are available to the public in the Regional Parks Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center. For more information or to join the Seedy Friends, contact Susan Agnew at email@example.com or email the staff at the Botanic Garden at BGarden@ebparks.org or call at (510) 544-3169. Please visit: www.nativeplants.org for more resources.
The Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden periodically send out announcements of classes, plant sales and special events of interest to lovers of California Native Plants. To subscribe to the email list please visit: NativePlants - EMail List
James B. Roof Visitor Center at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden
California native plants, including leopard lily, propagated by RPBG volunteers
Regional Parks Botanic Garden Sea Bluff. Photo by Stephen Joseph