Volunteer

Get Involved

“Where flowers bloom,
so does hope.”

- lady Bird Johnson

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

Thank you for your interest in helping the Gardens grow!

Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form or email Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Jeri Powles jeri@bettyfordalpinegardens.org, for more information on getting involved.

We are Open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. Please note that Our garden pathways are NOT maintained in winter.

No admission fee
$5 suggested donation

Volunteer Gardening

Dig in the Dirt with Us
Mondays and Thursdays

Enjoy the magnificent surroundings of the gardens, learn more about growing plants in altitude & make remarkable friends.

We provide tools, gloves and gardening training. Dress comfortably for the weather conditions, wear sunscreen and a hat. Be sure to bring a water bottle.

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 sign-up necessary. Come check it out!

Garden Guides & Ambassadors

Guide Guests through the Gardens
Summer

Share the beauty of the Gardens with visitors from around the world. No experience necessary – just a great attitude & desire to engage. Training is provided. 

Guides are a vital part in creating a deeper experience for connecting our visitors with the natural world. 

Public tours are Monday, Thursday & Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Private tour dates and times vary.

Garden Ambassadors host a table in the Gardens and share a deeper aspect of the organization’s work and engage visitors with the important work accomplished by the Gardens.

Education Center Host

Information Desk
Year-round

Meet & greet visitors & orient them to the Gardens. Interact with children and adults in a warm & inviting space with hands on activities. Act as an Exhibit Host. Help with side projects based on your interest. Should it be a slower day, catch up on your own reading or peruse our library while serving your community!

Other opportunities depending on time of the year: Seed cleaning, plant labeling, library cataloging, organizing, preparation of bulk mailings, and member stewardship.

Special Projects

Day of Event and Planning Projects
Summer

Throughout the year, volunteer help is needed for special garden events.

Some of the annual favorites include 3rd Grade Butterfly Launch and Chefs in the Gardens series.

Job descriptions for each event vary – day of event support, planning, logistics coordination.

Community Service

Useful Public Service Program
Ongoing

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens participates in the Useful Public Service Program with Eagle County. If you have been referred to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens to complete your court ordered community service hours, complete the following information. Most of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens needs are from spring-fall and limited in the winter.

Please email info@bettyfordalpinegardens.org with your availability, amount of hours and completion date.

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Aid in continuing to expand geographic collections, update the gardens, and education facilities.

TRIBUTE AND MEMORY GIFTS

Benches and tribute projects are available throughout the Gardens. Three naming opportunities currently exist.

SPONSOR A PROJECT

Choose a specific project to sponsor. Summer exhibits, garden supplies, internships, and more.

Gift Memberships

For the nature-lover in your life, the person who cares about conservation or that person that you really want to give a gift that says I care about what you care about. You can purchase a year-long membership that connects them with the nature cause they love.

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