Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with our organization!
In the 15 plus years since it was established, the Duke Farms Volunteer Program has grown exponentially. Today, over one hundred regular volunteers help us maintain the health and beauty of our restored native landscape and the many paths that lead through it; teach visitors of all ages and educational backgrounds in the classroom and on the trail; and help care for the hothouse denizens of our renowned Orchid Range. Duke Farms would not – could not – be Duke Farms without the collective strength, acumen, and dedication of our volunteer community, and we are both immensely grateful for, and proud of, each and every member.
All new volunteers spend their first 6 months working with at least one monitor-and-maintain (M&M) crew. The M&M contingent of the Duke Farms Volunteer Program, under the guidance of Designed Landscape and Natural Resources/Agroecology staff members, helps us care for the property by weeding and mulching flower beds, removing invasive plant material, and trimming overgrown shrubs and trees, among many other, similar tasks.
After six months, a volunteer may request to become a docent. Docents assist with classes and at events, educate the public at the Visitor Orientation Center, Orchid Range, and Coach Barn, and are given access to a range of otherwise exclusive positions and activities. Additional training is required for this position.
Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Sara DiVito at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We hope you decide to join the Duke Farms volunteer community!