180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham, Ma 01701, Usa
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Our mission Our mission is to conserve and promote New England’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes.

Native Plant Trust

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Nasami Farm Volunteer

In this bucolic landscape two hours west of Boston, a small staff grows genetically diverse plants that are adapted to the region's climate and support healthy ecosystems. Volunteers work under the supervision of staff in our seed room, in our outdoor gardens, or in our greenhouses. Schedules and activities vary with the season. This volunteer position is based in Whately, MA.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Program Host Volunteer

Hosts greet students year-round on various dates and times, at Garden in the Woods, Nasami Farm, and many other program locations throughout New England. If you like to work with people, enjoy plants, gardening, or the natural world and have time to volunteer, you might make a great host. Hosts offer simple logistical support to instructors and students on the day of the program.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Bloom Board

The bloom board kiosk lets visitors know what’s in bloom that week. Photographs of the plants in bloom are identified by their common and Latin names. Bloom board volunteers update the board every week. First, they walk through the Garden and check off which plants are blooming. Next, they obtain photos of those plants from our files and place them on the bloom board. They also remove photos of plants no longer in bloom and file them in the photo boxes.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Philanthropy Volunteer

Our Philanthropy volunteers assist with a variety of interesting and important projects throughout the year, including research, database maintenance, mailings, and donor/member events.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Garden Shop + Native Plant Sales Volunteer

The Society relies on volunteers to help keep the native plants we sell in peak condition and to help answer customer questions in the plant sales area. The Garden Shop & Native Plant Sales volunteer will help out in the plant sales area and the plant holding area by maintaining plants, assisting customers as needed, and assisting the Plant Sales Coordinator.
  • Weekly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Stock Beds

The stock beds at Garden in the Woods are the in-ground nursery where we grow many of the woodland wildflowers that do not perform as well in traditional nursery settings. Volunteers will get the chance to learn in detail about the species grown in the stock beds, They will learn about how to create the correct growing conditions for each species, how to deal with species-specific problems, and how to propagate the species.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Garden Guide

Our volunteer guides offer visitors a personal introduction to Garden in the Woods, Native Plant Trust, and the beauty and importance of native plants. Guides lead tours from mid-April to mid-October. Tours take about one hour and follow a mile-long trail through the woodland. Throughout the season, guides lead both informal drop-in tours at regular times and scheduled tours for groups.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Plant Conservation Volunteer

As part of the New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP), Plant Conservation Volunteers (PCVs) hike the wilds to search for rare plants, monitor and document plant populations, and perform other tasks that augment the work of our staff and other botanical professionals throughout the region.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Library Volunteer

The Lawrence Newcomb Library is a learning and research resource located at Garden in the Woods. The library contains thousands of volumes that document current and historical knowledge and best practices in native plants, conservation, botany, horticulture, landscape architecture, and related fields. These resources are available on a reference basis to our members. Library volunteers catalog, assist to accession and de-accession, and oversee the well-being of the library materials.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Horticulture Volunteer

The garden is 45 acres, of which 15 are cultivated and maintained by the horticulture crew. Horticulture volunteers work alongside staff to practice ecological gardening and manage the Garden in the Woods collection using sustainable solutions. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: weeding, staking, mulching, raking, pruning, cutting back, and planting.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help Each year, our 25 staff members and many of our 1,500 trained volunteers work throughout New England to: monitor, protect, and restore rare and endangered plants; collect and bank seeds for biological diversity; detect and control invasive species; conduct botanical and horticultural research; and educate the public, from home gardeners to professional land managers.
About us We are the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants. More than a century ago, when ecology was a new word, our founders organized what is now called Native Plant Trust to stop the destruction of native plants. Today, as native plants face the greatest wave of threats since the last mass extinction, we are still a national leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. We save native plants in the wild, grow them for gardens and restorations, and educate others on their value and use.
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