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Thank you for volunteering with us! We value the work and community created by our regular volunteers.

  Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at The Washington Youth Garden is a rewarding experience. You don't need to have experience but you must be willing to make friends with the soil and the bugs! Our volunteers strive to volunteer 3 hours/week. All interested individuals must complete a Washington Youth Garden orientation before volunteering. 

Volunteer Days and Times

  •  Saturdays April-October, 9AM-noon
  • Tuesdays March-December, 9AM-noon
  • Orientations are the first Saturday of the month (April-September)

Please contact the USNA Volunteer Coordinator, Tanya Zastrow, with the Subject: Volunteering with The Washington Youth Garden to sign up for an orientation and start volunteering.


Education Volunteer OpportunitiesEmily with B+G Club

We are looking for individuals with some education, gardening, or science background to help with our educational programs. This is a great opportunity to learn how to facilitate hands-on nutrition and garden science lessons in a garden setting.

For full information about volunteering or interning with our field trip program check out this flyer. If you are interested in volunteering with field trips, please complete this application form.

Only available on weekends? Help out with our Family Garden Days! If you can commit to at least three of the six sessions, please RSVP here for our May 10th orientation.

Contact for more information about volunteering with field trips, school garden programs, and Family Garden Days.


Group Volunteer Program

Is your company or organization looking to engage in service work? Are you ready to get down and dirty in our fruit and vegetable garden, laying wood chips, pulling weeds, or turning the compost? Volunteering with The Washington Youth Garden is a fun and active outdoor experience that is sure to build staff cohesion outside the office.  All volunteer experiences last approximately 3 hours and involve an orientation of The Washington Youth Garden, a short tour, and an opportunity to taste something directly from the garden.  

Financial Support:

Our organization depends on a combination of volunteer labor and financial sponsorship to keep our outdoor classroom growing. Your financial contribution will help buy the seeds, trees, tools, and educational materials needed to sustain our garden and programs.

Groups are asked to donate :

  • $125 - 10 volunteers
  • $250 - 20 volunteers

NOTE:  Volunteer groups are a minimum of 5 and maximum of 20 individuals. All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Each volunteer must print and complete the one_day_volunteer_form to bring on the day of service. Please contact the U.S. National Arboretum Volunteer Coordinator Tanya Zastrow, , with the Subject: Group Volunteering with The Washington Youth Garden to schedule.

Thanks, we hope to see you out in the garden!