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

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 Docents

Guide Guests through the Gardens


 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. 

Docents 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.


Education Center Host

Information Desk


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


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


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.

CLICK HERE to fill out Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Community Service Interest Form.

If you have additional questions after filling out this form, call Ellen (970)476-0103 x3 or Nick (970)476-0103×4.

Capital Projects

Capital Projects

The Gardens is continuing to expand geographic collections and update Gardens. We are building an Outdoor Family Classroom and deepening our engagement into conservation in the alpine.

Tribute and Memory Gifts

Tribute and Memory Gifts

Benches and tribute projects are available throughout the Gardens. 3 naming opportunities currently exist. 

Sponsor a Specific Project

Project Sponsor

Lots of specific projects to sponsor:

Summer Exhibit

Children’s Garden

Education Projects

Garden Supplies 

Internship Support


Gift a Membership

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 it. You can purchase a year-long membership that connects them with the nature cause they love. 

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