“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 community treasure.
Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form or email our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Jeri Powles, for more information on getting involved.
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!
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 tours times vary.
Education Center & Office Help
Meet & greet Education Center visitors & orient them to the Gardens. Interact with children and adults in a warm & inviting space with hands on activities. 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 calls.
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.
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.
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
Lots of specific projects to sponsor:
Gift a Membership
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.