The Gardens at the Botanical Center depend upon volunteers to help realize the FOG mission to

"inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board."

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Volunteering with Friends of the Garden

Editor's Note: Make sure and read this entire article. It lists virtually every opportunity available to us as Friends of the Garden members.

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Something truly special happens when you share yourself with others…. You’ll have opportunities to meet new people and make new friends, share interests and hobbies with others, work in a beautiful and stimulating environment, and make your community a better place to live.

An added benefit is the satisfaction that comes with helping the Gardens fulfill its mission by providing valuable services and programs for school children, gardeners, nature enthusiasts, professional horticulturists, home owners, and others in the community.

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Butterfly House Volunteers Needed

A note from Scott, 2011 volunteers needed

Please think about friends and family that might be interested in helping us next year. Now that the Botanical Center is open, it would be great to expand our hours of operation and that requires more volunteers (docents). Please let me know if you have any suggestions that would help our visitors enjoy their visits even more. The Butterfly Festival will be July 16th/17th so please mark that on your calendar. We may consider additional special events like the Monarch Tagging event. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Scott Cunningham
Butterfly House Coordinator
Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO, 65807

Friends of the Garden Volunteers

by George Deatz

A member's important question: Please, tell me more about the Friends of the Garden volunteers. I am curious what your thoughts are about this subject.

Answer: My thoughts in a "nut shell" on volunteers. There is always a percentage of people that are members of a group that will actually "volunteer hands on". There are many things a volunteer can do to contribute to a group's success and community mission. The amount of time is not important, it's the quality of time that counts.

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Volunteer Handbook

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The Gardens at the Botanical Center depends on volunteers to help realize its mission to enhance people's lives with plants through plant demonstrations, and education. This Volunteer Handbook is designed to acquaint you with the programs, history, goals, and management of the Gardens. It also provides guidelines, policies, and procedures of the Garden Volunteer program to help you as a Botanical Center volunteer.

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