Volunteers are essential at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, helping to create a better garden and a better community. Bring your interest, energy, knowledge and passion to Duke Gardens and help make each guest’s visit beautiful and enriching.

As a volunteer you will meet people of similar interests, acquire new skills and have fun. Enjoy learning more about the natural world as you help connect people with nature and gardens.

Benefits to volunteers:

·    Satisfaction in supporting a public garden and furthering the Gardens’ mission
·    Increased gardening skill and knowledge
·    Invitations to Gardens events
·    Education discount
·    Terrace Shop discount

Opportunities for volunteer service:

Duke Gardens offers a variety of interesting opportunities for volunteer service. The director of volunteer services will be glad to schedule an interview to discuss your interests. Weekday and weekend opportunities available. For more information, please call 919-668-1705 to schedule an appointment, and please complete the volunteer application.

Opportunities include:
Public relations
Special events


Volunteer orientation is held on the first Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.

Check out the latest issue of the Volunteer Program newsletter, The Dirt. You may also see the Volunteer section of the Spring & Summer 2018 Education & Events Guide (PDF here) for more information about volunteering and other Duke Gardens programs.

Volunteer Fair

Come and explore the many opportunities to become engaged as a Duke Gardens volunteer. Please stay tuned for the next volunteer fair dates.

Docent Training

Interested in being a Duke Gardens docent? Please stay tuned for our next docent training dates.

Volunteer check-in