The Gardens at Yanney Volunteer Program

Welcome to our Volunteer Opportunities Page!

Here you'll find information about a wide variety of volunteering opportunities available to support 'The Gardens at Yanney'.  Take a look around and if you see something that interests you, please fill out our application form.   If you are all ready a volunteer just sign up for an activity.  The icon next to each volunteer opportunity contains a brief description We look forward to seeing you at a 'The Gardens' volunteer activity this summer!

Thanks to The Big Dig volunteers for planting over 6,000 flowers in the Gardens!

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Help the Gardens look their best this summer by watering, weeding, deadheading, pruning, or raking with other volunteers. Meet at the Butterfly sculpture in the Gardens. Weekly & biweekly volunteer sessions include:

  • Wednesday Afternoon Outdoor Volunteer Sessions are held weekly from 1 pm to 2:30 pm starting on June 15th
  • Thursday Morning Outdoor Volunteer Sessions are held weekly from 10:30 am to Noon starting June 16th
  • Thursday Evening Outdoor Volunteer Sessions are held from 5 pm to 6:30 pm on June 16th,  June 30th, July 14th, and July 28th.
  • Saturday Morning Outdoor Volunteer Sessions are held from 10:30 to Noon on June 25th,  July 9th, July 23rd, and August 6th.

 You can If you would like to volunteer at other times contact Coelette Gruber at 308.320.5362 or



How to Become a Volunteer

There are two types of volunteers - Seasonal and event volunteers. Seasonal volunteers can signup for events and seasonal volunteer opportunities like Outdoor Horticultural activities and educational programs.  Whereas, Event volunteers can only sign up for once-a-year events like The Big Dig. 


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. After applying to be a volunteer, You can sign up for event volunteer activities from your Volunteer Page.  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.





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Education, Programming, & Documentation

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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.  

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Garden Highlights

The Gardens at Yanney Park had its first planting volunteer event on May 14th. Fifty – six amazing volunteers planted over 6,000 annual flowers in 2.5 hours.  Thanks for all your hard work.  We hope to see you next year. 

Look how beautiful the flowers look a month later.  Thanks again to all the volunteers and sponsors who help make The Big Dig a success!!!