Houston volunteer opportunities


What Is It?: A 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary that provides education about the natural environment to people of all ages, and plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival.


Help Needed: Help with conservation and maintenance of the trails and grounds, summer and school break camps for children, holiday parties and other special events, and/or administrative tasks.


Minimum Age to Volunteer: 16.  Youth group volunteers must be at least 14.

Help Needed

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Help introduce children to environmental and natural history topics in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere.  Week long classes (full or half-day) explore a natural history topic using hands-on, engaging activities in the classroom and outside on our grounds.

Volunteers must be at least 16, have a strong interest in working with younger children, and be responsible and self-directed. Volunteers must commit to at least one week, with shifts on Monday-Friday from 8:30 – 3:30.

Please contact Lynne Hester at lhester@houstonarboretum.org or at 713-366-0375 with any questions or scheduling issues!

Example of a Themed Camp Week (one of 5 themes):

Forest Rangers: June 5-9 & July 10-14

“Come explore the outdoors with campers while learning about forest and wildlife management, tree measurements, prescribed wildfire, and woodland insects! You will help our campers discover new ways to work with their hands through woodworking and a conservation project!”

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Each year many volunteer groups of all types and sizes work to enhance the nature sanctuary trails and grounds. Conservation projects can include planting, clearing invasive plants, mulching, clearing trails, and similar tasks.

All groups must schedule in advance. The Arboretum hosts group volunteer projects on weekdays or Saturday mornings, for a half-day or full day, with mornings 9 AM – noon preferred. All equipment and tools are provided and each project is staff supervised with on-the-job training.

Youth must be at least 14. Groups must have 1 adult for every 10 youth; we limit youth groups to a maximum size of 15 youth per group with 2 adults that work with the youth.  All youth groups must have Parent / Guardian consent.

Time Commitment:
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Training Needed:

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Video (4 minutes)

Available For Scout Eagle or Gold Award Project?
Examples of past Scout projects

Comments / Reviews


  • I volunteered at the Arboretum for six years. I really enjoyed it, and during that time I saw lots of teenagers volunteering in many different capacities. Not sure about the requirements for kids, but I had to pass a background check to volunteer there.

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