Volunteer Days

Garden Volunteer Day

We love your support at our Garden Volunteer Days, Plants Sales and Chautauqua performances!

Garden Volunteer Day

Michelle and DougEvery Wednesday, 10am – 5pm, except:

  • The Wednesday before Thanksgiving
  • The last two Wednesdays in December

Sink your hands into our beautiful, rich soil and learn from the diversity of plant life in our 40-year-old Mother Garden. You can come for part or all of the day. We are happy to have your helping hands for as long as you can participate.

Volunteer lunch: Our chefs create an organic, vegetarian meal harvested from our gardens at 12:30pm. Enjoy the rewards of a horticulturalist’s day’s work!

What to bring: We suggest a hat, sunscreen, extra layers or rain gear depending on season, sturdy shoes and water bottle.

More information:

  • We cannot accommodate a group of 6 people or more without prior arrangement.
  • The Wildlands Preserve and community hot-tub and sauna are not available to our garden volunteers.
  • Children are welcome but must be able to participate in adult work. Please supervise your child at all times.
  • No pre-registration required.  Just show up!


Applying for an internship?

To be considered for a garden internship, you must attend at least one Garden Volunteer Day at OAEC. Please introduce yourself to the garden staff and let them know you are applying.


Contact Mother Garden Biodiversity Program Director Doug Gosling with any questions or if you wish to come with a group of 6 or more.

Plant Sales, Chautauqua, and skilled support

Without the support of our wider community, OAEC’s work would not be possible.

From parking to concessions to point-of-sale, our wonderful volunteers allow us to spread plant biodiversity at our Plant Sales & Nursery, and promote local entertainment and education through our performances.

We also occasionally have need for professionally skilled and self-motivated volunteers for special projects in our administration department.  Have skills and time to donate?  Reach out to the OAEC office.

Thank you for your interest in supporting OAEC!


Contact the OAEC office oaec@oaec.org or 707-874-1557 x101.

OAEC Plant Sale volunteers