Volunteer Opportunities

At The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a 127 acre tract of rolling terrain planted with collections of trees, shrubs and flowers for the education and enjoyment of the public. It also serves as the headquarters for the Morris County Park Commission. A Colonial Revival Mansion built in 1891 for George Griswold Frelinghuysen as a summer residence and known as Whippany Farm was donated to the Park Commission by his daughter Matilda E. Frelinghuysen in 1969 is now the Administration Building.

The Haggerty Education Center, opened in 1989, consists of two classrooms, a horticultural library and a multipurpose auditorium for lectures, exhibits and special events. A series of home demonstration gardens surrounds the building. The grounds also contain several walking trails as well as other gardens displaying extensive collections of plant materials.

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in cooperation with the Morris County Park Commission sponsor numerous programs. These programs include adult workshops, lectures, bus trips and a spring Plant Sale as well as children's gardening programs and school and scout programs. Volunteers are absolutely essential to our operation. We could not function without our volunteers' help.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for Photographers

We are looking for talented and experienced photographers we can call on to photograph events at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and other sites. Volunteers will be asked to take photos of speakers, the staff and volunteers working at these events, and of the attendees. These photos may appear in Arboretum Leaves, on our web site or used in local publications. Volunteer photographers will receive complimentary admittance to any event they cover. For more details call Marge Hulstrunk, Volunteer Coordinator, at (973) 631-5049 between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday thru Wednesday to schedule an interview. Please be prepared to bring samples of your work.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Some volunteer help is needed for special events and during the busy seasons. However, other volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year on a weekly or monthly basis. Some jobs involve working inside, others are outdoors or a combination of the two. Volunteers work under the guidance of our professional staff. There are a variety of ways you can help.

Flower Arranging

Create flower arrangements to be displayed at the Haggerty Education Center. Volunteer time: 1 or 2 mornings per month or as needed. Materials will be provided.

General Assistance

Assist with mailings and other clerical assignments. Greet Arboretum visitors. Help package printed materials or seeds and labels for school classes, Community Gardens and other programs. Work on a variety of essential tasks. Volunteer time: 2 to 3 hours per week.

Tour Guides

Conduct garden tours of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum or Bamboo Brook Outdoor Eductation Center as scheduled. Training provided during March.

School Class Instructors

Teach workshops on plant-related subjects to school classes, grades 1-6. Training includes instruction by the staff and assisting and observing other instructors. Volunteer time: 2 hours per workshop, spring and fall.

Special Events

Assist at Special Events with such duties as hospitality, hostessing or other tasks as needed to ensure the success of the event. Help promote membership by acquainting the public with the special advantages the Friends offer. Volunteer time: as needed.

2014 Plant Sale

Want to help out at the 2014 Plant Sale? Check out the Plant Sale Volunteer Sign-up Form.

For more information on the above volunteer opportunities, call the Horticulture Education Volunteer Coordinator, see our new On-Line Volunteer Signup Form or call Marge Hulstrunk at 973-631-5049.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities


Help maintain a trail or portion of a trail in one of Morris County's parks. Adopters may be individuals, families, groups or organizations (clubs, camps, scouts, etc.). Basic and advanced training is provided. Call the Adopt-a-Trail Coordinator, Janet McMillan at 973-326-7604.


"Gardens are not made simply by sitting in the shade"
Rudyard Kipling

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum, and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center invite you to become a horticulture volunteer in the Gardenworks program now in its fifteenth year.

For a few hours each week our horticulture volunteers come together and work on a range of garden projects. It’s a terrific way to have fun, while learning many valuable skills for maintaining and beautifying your own garden including watering, mulching, weeding, edging, trimming, pruning, cutting back, propagating, and raking. All you need to bring is a pair of gloves and enthusiasm. Gardenworks is a flexible, friendly and fun gardening program for adults of all ages. Tools and refreshments are provided.

The Gardenworks volunteers meet each week from April through November, as follows:

  • The Frelinghuysen Arboretum meets on Tuesdays, 9:00 AM to Noon at the directory in the main parking lot.
  • Willowwood Arboretum meets on Wednesdays, 9:00 AM to Noon at the directory in the main parking lot.
  • Bamboo Brook meets on Thursdays (beginning April 14th), 9:00 AM to Noon at the directory in the main parking lot. Our program has been extended to include the recent garden renovation of this historic site.
  • Opportunities for community or corporate groups are available by special arrangement.

Let the beauty of the gardens surround you while sharing hands-on experiences with others who have similar interests.

Kate Gutierrez/Horticulture Volunteer Program Specialist
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum/973.326.7629

See you in the Garden.