Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways in which you can become involved at Wing Haven, and you always have the opportunity to give a little–or a lot–of your time.  Please register to become a Roots Volunteer after reviewing the volunteer opportunities outlined below: 

In the Gardens
Children's & Family Programming
Friendly Faces
Behind the Scenes

Questions, or need help deciding?  Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Lydia Skardon.  

In the Gardens:

Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary: Like to get your hands dirty? Choose from these groups that help keep the Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary beautiful:

  • Herb Garden: Join this lively group to help care for the area in front of the Clarkson Home and Mrs. Clarkson’s Herb Garden while making new friends that share this interest.  Times: Two Thursday mornings a month.
  • Rose Garden: Work alongside Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary Curator and the gardening team to care for one of the region’s loveliest heirloom rose gardens.  Times: One Tuesday morning a month.

Elizabeth Lawrence Garden: Do you like to learn? Work closely with the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden Curator to maintain this beautiful garden that serves as an amazing laboratory of blooms and greenery. Times: Thursday and Saturday mornings.

Nursery: Calling all plant enthusiasts, or those who want to learn more! Come make new friends, learn a ton, and help with one of Wing Haven’s fundraisers. You do not need to be a gardener to help. Join us as we work in the Nursery to plan, implement, and staff our biannual Plant Sales in October and April. Times: Every Tuesday morning August – June.

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Children & Family Programming:

Events & Programs: Work directly with children to facilitate monthly story-time, joining in on crafts during a seasonal event, digging in the dirt facilitating a camp program, or doing the behind the scenes preparation to make our programs happen. Times: Weekday and weekends as needed.

Children’s Tour Docent: Share your passion of gardens, birds, and a little bit of Clarkson history leading groups of children (preschool through 12th grade) through the Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary 90-minute tour experience. Training required. Times: Weekday tours as needed.

PEEPs (Preschool Environmental Education Program): Continue the legacy of education and outreach as a PEEPs facilitator for at-risk preschool children visiting Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary. The nature-themed curriculum includes a story, garden walk, hands-on activity, and healthy snack. Training Required. Times: Standing weekday commitment each month, October through May, required.

Garden Team: Maintain the whimsical plantings and exploratory gardens in The Children's Garden. Times: Twice a month.

Chicken Team: Help take care of the Wing Haven Chickens, Bob and Petunia, which need daily care. Training Required. Times: Weekdays and Weekends.

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Fall Fundraisers (Wing Haven Symposium & Farm to Table Dinner): Are you a planner? Assist our Development Director and Executive Director with planning, publicity and underwriting of these major fundraisers. Each is biennial and takes place in the Fall. Times: The months/weeks leading up to fall events.
Gardeners’ Garden Tour: Get to know Charlotte’s best private gardens (and the gardeners who created them) every year in May. Greet garden tour guests, check tickets and answer questions at the gardens.  Many hands are needed and volunteers receive a free ticket. Times: One weekend in May, 4-5 hour shift. 

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Friendly Faces:

Docent: Are you a story-teller? Serve as a tour guide for groups visiting the gardens. Training is required, so you will know all about the wonder that is Wing Haven - our history, plants, birds and other unique facts - and share that knowledge with others. Times: Assigned weekday tours as needed.
Hospitality: Like to cook? We need you to help prepare food, set up or serve at: Wing Haven Patron's Party, Wing Haven Lecture Series, Plant Sales, Symposium/Farm to Table, Holiday Festival, Christmas Candlelight Party.  If you have selected another committee you can still sign up for Hospitality because we always need lots of food! Times: As needed for events.
Host / Hostess: Greet Wing Haven visitors during regular Garden Open Hours, and give them the tools they need to enjoy a self-guided tour through both of our gardens. If a regular time slot each week/month suits your schedule, this is the opportunity for you. Times: 4 hour time slot during garden open hour.

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Behind the Scenes:

Elizabeth Lawrence Archives: This historically significant house and experimental garden is one of the country’s rare gems.  Maintain a growing collection of books, journals, manuscripts, and photographs, as well as help with digitization and record-keeping. Training provided. Times: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm.

Events & Programs: Assist staff with our various lectures, workshops and social events by setting up, greeting, and introducing speakers. We have daytime and evening opportunities.  Times: Volunteer on a regular or as-needed basis.

Office Support: Want to know what is happening at Wing Haven? Come join the activity at the hub of the organization: mailings, phones, program materials, press archives and other administrative duties. Times: Volunteer on a regular or as-needed basis.

Publicity: Connect with local and national media outlets by crafting press releases and story pitches. Previous marketing experience preferred. Times: As-needed.

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