Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways 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 gardening team to care for a special heirloom rose garden.  Times: First and third Wednesday mornings each 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, March through October.

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Children & Family Programming:

Events & Programs: Work directly with children to facilitate monthly story time, join in on crafts during a seasonal event, dig 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 for 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.

Children's Garden Team: Maintain the whimsical plantings and exploratory gardens in The Children's Garden at Wing Haven and the soon-to-be developed SEED Wildlife Garden. Volunteers will play an integral role in the development of SEED, which breaks ground Fall 2017. Times: TBD.

Chicken Team: Help take care of the Wing Haven chickens, which need daily care. Training Required. Times: Weekdays and Weekends (temporarily suspended until new chicks arrive).

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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-hour or 5-hour shift. 

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Friendly Faces:

Docent: Are you a storyteller? 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, 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 hours.

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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, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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, 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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