The Gardens at Yanney Volunteer Program

Welcome to our Volunteer Opportunities Page!

The generous support of The Gardens volunteers plays a crucial role in the success of the botanical gardens at Yanney Park. Many volunteer opportunities are available, from participating in educational programs and helping in the greenhouse to assisting with outreach programs and providing outdoor horticultural assistance—all essential in enriching the visitor experience.


Whatever your passion, The Gardens can use your interest and talent!


Here you'll find information about various volunteering opportunities at 'The Gardens at Yanney'.  Take a look and see if something interests you.  When you find an activity, fill out the application form and sign up for the activity. Application instructions are at the bottom of the page.

If you are already a volunteer sign up to volunteer through your My Impact Page.   MyImpactPage - Login (



Flexible Volunteer Scheduling:                                             

Help the Gardens look their best this summer by watering, weeding, deadheading, pruning, or raking with other volunteers at times that work best for YOU. Volunteers will be trained in gardening techniques and maintain various plants in the Gardens at Yanney Park and Harmon Park.  You will meet with the horticultural staff to set up flexible volunteering. Contact Coelette Gruber to set up your flex volunteer meeting at 308.320.5362 or


Group Volunteer Opportunities:                                           

Have your group come plant annual flowers at a park entrance, pick up trash, spread mulch, clean up a landscape bed, transplant plants in the greenhouse, or do any other team-building activity.   If you are a member of a group looking for volunteer opportunities, please email for project information and to set up your group activity.





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Education, Programming, & Documentation

Help individuals of all ages learn about gardening during an elementary-age Plant Camp session,  as a learning station presenter at an event,  as a  photographer, or as a tour guide of the Gardens. 


Click on the icon to learn more about the volunteer opportunity.  Double-click on the volunteer title to sign up.  We can't wait to work with you. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Orientation 6 4/25/2024 5/23/2024
Photographer - The Gardens 1

Horticultural Programming

Horticultural programming volunteers have the option to participate in indoor and/or outdoor volunteer opportunities.  Indoor horticultural assistants help with seasonal greenhouse work such as starting seeds, transplanting seedlings, potting up bulbs, watering greenhouse plants, providing general plant care, loading plants out, etc. 


Outdoor horticultural assistants help with seasonal garden work such as planting, weeding, deadheading, pruning, and cleanup in the Gardens and Yanney Park.  

Click on the icon to learn more about the volunteer opportunity.  Double-click on the volunteer title to sign up.  We can't wait to work with you.

Activity Shifts Start End
Indoor Horticultural Volunteer 13 4/18/2024 5/30/2024
Outdoor Horticultural Volunteer at Harmon Park 21 4/24/2024 9/25/2024
Outdoor Horticultural Volunteer at Yanney Park 27 4/22/2024 9/23/2024

Spring Clean Up Event

Join other amazing volunteers clean up the Gardens this Spring.  Volunteers will prune, weed, fertilize, divide, and mulch the plantings. Each volunteer works in a group of 5-10 other volunteers.   

The Spring Clean-Up Event is scheduled for Saturday morning, April 20, 2024. from 9 am to Noon.  Come help get the Gardens off to a clean start this year!

Click on the icon to learn more about the volunteer opportunity.  Double-click on the volunteer title to sign up.  We can't wait to work with you.

Activity Shifts Start End
General Volunteer 1 4/20/2024 4/20/2024
Team Leader 1 4/20/2024 4/20/2024

The Big Dig Event

We are looking for individuals to volunteer at Yanney Park's annual planting event where volunteers will install annual flowers in The Gardens!!! 

Click on the icon to learn more about the volunteer opportunity.  Double-click on the volunteer title to sign up.  We can't wait to work with you.

Activity Shifts Start End
Event Activities Volunteer – The Big Dig 1 5/18/2024 5/18/2024
Event Hospitality Volunteer – The Big Dig 1 5/18/2024 5/18/2024
Event Photographer - The Big Dig 1 5/18/2024 5/18/2024
Planting Volunteer - The Big Dig 1 5/18/2024 5/18/2024
Team Leader – The Big Dig 1 5/18/2024 5/18/2024

Becoming A Volunteer

How to Become a Volunteer

There are three types of volunteers - Seasonal,  event, and group/organization volunteers. Seasonal volunteers can sign up for events and other volunteer opportunities like weekly horticultural activities and educational programs.  Whereas, Event volunteers can only sign up for events like Spring Clean-up, The Big Dig, Heritage Days, and Greenhouse Events.   Group/Organization Volunteers set up their activities by contacting Coelette Gruber at or 308.320.0968 


There are two steps to becoming a volunteer: 

A. You apply to be a volunteer. 

The volunteer application only needs to be filled out once as long as the individual volunteers once a year. 

Seasonal volunteers have to complete a more in-depth application which includes a liability waiver, a background check, and volunteer orientation.  The seasonal volunteer process allows the individual to sign up for both events and other garden opportunities. Click on this Seasonal Volunteer Application link (1) to apply to be a seasonal volunteer.

The event volunteer application is short and requires volunteers to sign a liability waiver. Click on the Event Volunteer Application (2)  link and then click on the link in the top right corner of that page.  The next volunteer event will be held in the fall when the Gardens are cleaned up for winter.

B. Sign up for event volunteer activities from your Volunteer Page after applying to be a volunteer. 

Seasonal Volunteers opportunities will be opened to volunteers after they complete orientation and passed their background check

  1. Click on the Opportunities tab and select the opportunity list.
  2. Look through the volunteer opportunities offered and click on the icon next to the position title for more information.
  3. Click on the volunteer opportunity title that interests you. 
  4. Don’t forget to push sign-up button under the action heading at the bottom of the page.
  5. You can find more information about the event position you volunteered for by clicking on the Schedule tab of your volunteer page and clicking the orange information icon next to the activity title.

Contact me if you have any questions about applying to be a volunteer or signing up.

Coelette Gruber, AICP | Horticulturist

Kearney Parks & Recreation |P.O. Box 1180 |Kearney NE 68848

308.320.0968 |