The time and skills volunteers provide are critical to our work as a conservation garden. In exchange, we offer fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities in conservation, education, garden maintenance, visitor services, and more. Volunteers receive a discounted Garden membership. We are currently accepting volunteers in a few key areas:

Garden Guides: Youth Programs

Two Garden Guides lead a school field trip in the Coastal Plain Habitat

Do you have an enthusiasm for the natural world that you’d like to share with others? Are you looking for a fun and exciting learning opportunity?  Garden Guides are specially-trained adult volunteers who help us educate thousands of people each year through school field trips, discovery stations, and family special events. You don’t need to be an expert or have a background in science or teaching! Successful volunteers are willing to learn, open-minded, friendly, and flexible. In-depth training covers the Garden’s history and mission, southeastern native plants and habitats, plant-animal interactions, teaching techniques, and field trip program curricula.

Our next Garden Guide Training is a six-session course starting February 13, 2023. Learn more and register >

Students tend to the vegetables in a raised bed in the main Edible Campus Garden

Edible Campus UNC

This program on the UNC campus hosts beds of edible plants, herbs, and flowers. At volunteer workdays on Monday and Thursday afternoons, you’ll help with a variety of garden maintenance tasks. Learn more and sign up for a workday >

Camp Flytrap: Teen Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program

A counselor-in-training stands with campers by a raised water bedThe Counselor-in-Training (CIT) volunteer program is open to all students in rising grades 9-12 who have an interest in and enthusiasm for working with children in an outdoor setting and gaining experience in environmental education. CITs volunteer under the supervision of camp staff to assist with week-long nature camps for children ages 4-10. Responsibilities include engaging and overseeing children during camp activities, e.g. outdoor explorations, games, crafts, puppets shows; set-up and cleanup, snack and lunch; and after care. Service-learning hours granted. Learn more by scrolling to the bottom of the Camp Flytrap page >

We look forward to sharing additional volunteer opportunities in the future! If you would like to be notified of future volunteer opportunities, please fill out this interest form.

For Current Volunteers

Log Your Volunteer Hours

Your volunteer time is valuable to us and can serve as a match in state and federal grants that support our conservation cause.

Volunteer Benefits

⦁ Discounted Garden membership

⦁ Learn about plants and our relationship with nature

⦁ Contribute to our conservation mission

⦁ Work with and meet people with similar interests

⦁ Volunteer appreciation events


Volunteer Profiles

Volunteer Spotlight: Adelaide

As a part of our ongoing volunteer highlighting series, we’d like to highlight Adelaide this week. Adelaide started volunteering at CCG in the Spring of 2018 as a part of…

CCG Volunteer Spotlight: Simone

Simone started volunteering at the Carolina Community Garden (CCG) six years ago before her junior year of high school. She ended up enjoying composting so much, she became one of…

The value of volunteers

  By Margo MacIntyre, Curator, Coker Arboretum The Coker Arboretum’s corps of volunteers, the Coker Nuts, have been furloughed since March 17, but I never had to experience a pandemic…