The Gardens at Yanney Volunteer Program

Welcome to our Volunteer Opportunities Page!

Here you'll find information about various volunteering opportunities available 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.   If you are already a volunteer sign up for the activity below.



A Big Thank You to the 'Dig Up the Cannas' Volunteers.

These volunteers dug up 100s cannas at the Yanney Park Gardens this past Saturday.  One more fall maintenance item was completed by the volunteers digging cannas, removing annual flowers, dividing the canna rhizomes, and placing them in the planting beds to be picked up by staff.  Many volunteers took home some extra cannas rhizomes and sweet potato tubers to add to their gardens.

The Gardens would not be as beautiful without all the volunteer hours put in.

Thanks again for all your hard work!!!!




Formal Garden Beds are Planted!!!


Thank you to all of the volunteers who came to help us plant the Formal Gardens at Harmon Park. We greatly appreciate your help! Mulch will be put down very soon.



Thank YOU to everyone who made the 2023 Big Dig Event a GREAT Success!

Many energetic volunteers worked at the BIG DIG in May.   The flowers are growing beautifully.






Fall Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities

 Weekly volunteer opportunities:   Help the Gardens look their best this summer by watering, weeding, deadheading, pruning, or raking with other volunteers. 

  • Tuesday Mornings Starting October 3rd – October 17th; Any time from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Friday Mornings Starting October 6th – October 20th; Any time from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

 If you would like to volunteer at other times, contact Coelette Gruber to set up your volunteer time at 308.320.5362 or


Bulb Planting & Mulching at the Formal Fountain at Harmon Park: Tuesday, October 3rd & Friday, October 6th

Please join us on Tuesday, October 3rd to plant daffodil, crocus, and allium bulbs at the Formal Fountain Gardens! We will begin at 8:30 AM and go until 10:30 AM. Please bring your trowels or any tools you like to use to plant bulbs. 

The mulching event for the Formal Fountain at Harmon Park on Friday, October 6th has been canceled due to the cold temperatures in the morning. 


Digging Up Canna Bulbs Event

Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM we plan on having a volunteer event to help us dig and clean up canna bulbs. This will involve cutting the foliage off, popping the bulbs out of the ground, and placing them in containers for storage. This will be dependent on if we get a frost before that date. If not, we will schedule it at a later date. The KPR staff will take the cannas they need for next year and the rest can be picked out and taken home by whoever volunteered that day.


Click on the icons below for more detailed information about the volunteer events or opportunities.  If you are already a volunteer use your My Impact page to sign up.  MyImpactPage - Login (

We look forward to seeing you at a 'Gardens' volunteer activity this summer!  Below you will find instructions on applying to be a volunteer and signing up for an activity. 




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Becoming A Volunteer

How to Become a Volunteer

There are two types of volunteers - Seasonal and event volunteers. Seasonal volunteers can signup 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. 


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 |