Volunteer Days

Garden Volunteer Day


Volunteer for our Garden Volunteer Days, Wild Work Days, Plants Sales or Chautauqua performances!

Garden Volunteer Days

Every Wednesday, 10am – 5pm, except:

  • Nov. 25th (the Wednesday before Thanksgiving)
  • Dec. 23rd (the Wednesday before Christmas)
  • Dec. 30 (the Wednesday before New Year’s Eve)

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. Please supervise your child at all times.


Michelle and Doug


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.

Wild Work Days

1st and 3rd Thursdays, March-November, 1-5pm

Come rediscover a reciprocal relationship with nature!

Join us twice a month in OAEC’s 70-acre Wildlands Preserve for an afternoon of wildtending. From tending oak trees to sowing seed and restoring native coastal prairie, learn management strategies that support abundance and resilience for a diversity of life.


Volunteers at OAEC


Meet in the Core Area (at the cob bench) off the first OAEC driveway at 1:00pm sharp, then we will head into the OAEC backcountry together. Give yourself 15 minutes to park/walk down from the Upper Lot.

Bring: Snacks, water, sun hat, long pants and sleeves to protect from poison oak. If you have them, please also bring a pruning saw, Felcos, gloves and binoculars!


Wild Work Day OAEC


Contact Wildlands Program Director Lindsay Dailey with any questions.

Plant Sales & Chautauqua

Without the support of our wider community, our Plant Sales and our Chautauqua Series performances 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.

Thank you for your interest in supporting OAEC!


Plant Sale Volunteering:  

Contact Plant Sale Coordinator Longwillow.


Chautauqua Volunteering:  

Contact Production Manager Janel Healy.

OAEC Plant Sale volunteers