Volunteer with the Gardens!

The Gardens offer new opportunities to get involved with the community, meet new people, and learn more about gardening in our mountain environment. Volunteers and members support the continued excellence of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens through their hard work and financial support. Below are just a few of the volunteer activities that support this great community asset.



For more information on getting involved at the gardens please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jeri Powles via email at  [email protected] or call us at the Education Center (970) 476-0103.

Reception Desk

Reception Desk (year round) – Education Center. Meet and Greet visitors in the Education Center. In summer orientate the visitor and provide maps and information. In winter assist with snowshoes and orientate visitor to activities in center. Available daily for mornings or afternoons.  This is a current need. Please call to schedule.


Gardening(May through October) Work in the Gardens on Monday and/or Thursday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Volunteers meet at the tool cabin at the top of the Gardens. No previous garden experience necessary, this is a great learning opportunity. Volunteer training is offered in May and throughout the summer.


Garden Docents (June through Labor Day) Guide visitors through the Gardens on scheduled Monday, Thursday and/or Saturday morning tours at 10:30 a.m. or for special group tours. Learn the history of the Gardens as well as more about the plant collection and our mountain environment. We are in need of more docents for summer 2017.

Special Events

Special Events (year round) Some events offer fund raising opportunities, while others are purely educational. All provide excellent PR for the Gardens and new ideas are always welcome. Some specific examples include Intimate Evenings, Workshops, Chefs in The Gardens and Bluegrass in The Gardens.


Gift Shops

The Schoolhouse Gift Shop (June through Labor Day) Volunteer a few hours each week in our Schoolhouse Gift Shop, a historic 1922 one-room school now maintained as a museum. Greet visitors and sell garden/wildflower books and gift items. Learn about the early history of the Vail Valley. The shop is open 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. every day. 

Volunteer opportunities in our ‘Alpine Treasures Gift Shop’ (year round) in Vail Village. Please call for more information.

Database & Office Work

Botanic Gardens database input, plant labeling, library cataloging, newsletter publication, preparation of bulk mailings, response to phone/mail inquiries. 

Membership Outreach

Membership Outreach (year round) Help to expand our membership by hosting or organizing neighborhood gatherings to present information about Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, its programs, and educational opportunities.