Monday-Sunday, 9:30am-5:00pm. (Box Office closes at 4pm)   954.473.2955

Botanical Gardens & EVERGLADES Wildlife Sanctuary

VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH 

VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH-Jacob & Cindy Franks

Jacob and Cindy Franks are our volunteers of the month. Jacob and Cindy are a mother and son duo who volunteer in the Wray Home Museum on Saturday mornings. They make the most out of their volunteering by taking turns greeting guests, giving tours and answering questions. When no guests are present, Jacob takes advantage of the time and catches up on homework or studying. And to finish the day, they often stop by for a smoothie. They are personable, committed, consistent and such a valued asset of the Volunteer Department! Thank you Jacob and Cindy for volunteering with us!

Flamingo Gardens volunteers are an integral part of the garden’s history and contribute to every aspect of our operations. We depend on our dedicated volunteers to help us maintain the gardens and facilities. Like History? Become a Wray Home Museum tour guide and meet people from around the world. Like plants and gardening? Help us care for our collection of rare & native plants. Love animals? With devotion and the proper training you can become part of our dedicated animal care volunteers. Good with your hands? Help us out with carpentry, woodwork, and simple repairs.

Please review the detailed information below, then call 954-473-2955 x134 for an appointment to come in and register. 
For more information email volunteers@flamingogardens.org

When you call, be sure to lets us know why you wish to volunteer and mention your areas of interest, talents and special skills.

ELIGIBILITY
Flamingo Gardens welcomes volunteers of all ages 12 and above: 

  • Adults 18+ wishing to contribute spare time to a worthy cause.
  • High School Students 16-18 completing their community service hours (with consent form signed by a parent)
  • Families wishing to be actively involved volunteering with their children ages 12-15. (Ages 12-15 may volunteer only when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)
  • Court ordered service volunteers must call in advance to confirm eligibility. Parental Consent forms for court ordered volunteers under age 18 must be signed by a guardian in person at time of interview.
  • Sorry, children under 12 may not volunteer.


HOURS

In most areas, volunteers must set a regular weekly schedule:

  • 9:30 am - 1 pm
  • 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 1 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Wildlife Care requires a different schedule. 
  • Initial Interviews are held Wednesday through Saturday at 10:00am by appointment only.
  • If you can’t come every week, consider volunteering for Special Events, which are held on weekends and on holidays throughout the year.


OPPORTUNITIES

  • Food Services- Help at the Flamingo Cafe.
  • History- Become a Wray Home Tour Guide or help with historic research, archive photos and documents, and inventory the collection.
  • Hospitality and Information- Become an ambassador of the Gardens. Staff the membership and information table at events. Visit Volunteer Fairs, Earth Day celebrations and other outside events to give information and to distribute flyers to local businesses.
  • Horticulture- A wonderful opportunity to learn more about gardening in the tropics. Specialty Gardening, on weekdays only, is a good way to get your hands dirty whether you love crotons, roses, butterfly or hummingbird gardening, amaryllis, iris, heliconia, the Fragrance Garden or the Tropical Plant House.
  • Maintenance & Woodworking- Do you enjoy working with your hands? Volunteers help build, refinish, paint and repair. Use your skills in carpentry, painting, plumbing, or electrical work to keep the Gardens in shape. 
  • Office & Computers- Help with filing, phones, faxes, mailings and data entry. Contribute your expertise in graphics or web site maintenance.
  • Orchidteers- Help hang and care for orchids in the botanical garden while learning about orchids. Volunteer group meets monthly, usually the second Saturday morning of the month for a demonstration, followed by orchid care in the gardens.
  • Retail Gift Shop- Help with sales, merchandising, dusting, straightening and re-folding T-shirts. The book collection and inventory are ever popular with volunteers.
  • Special Events- Held on weekends and holidays throughout the year with varying hours, may be for you. There's a lot to do to set-up in the weeks before -- planning, marketing, mailing and scheduling. On event days, help with vendor check-in and set-up, traffic control, security, membership tables and other positions to staff, as well as breakdown and cleanup. 
  • Special Projects- You can also share your talents on an as needed basis.  Art, photography, you name it.  Let us know of your special skills and interests.  We'll match them to a volunteer opportunity.
  • Wildlife Care- Tend to our permanently injured birds and animals requires devotion, dependability, and extensive training. An ongoing commitment of at least 150 hours is required. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Prior experience is helpful. Cleaning cages starts at 7 am, rain or shine, then diets are prepared which involves handling frozen rats, chicks and fish. 

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Flamingo Gardens Orchidteers
The Orchidteers are a new group of volunteers that meet monthly to help hang and care for orchids in the gardens. The Orchidteers usually meet the second Saturday of the month at 10am for a 
demonstration from an orchid expert, followed by hands-on experience hanging new orchids or caring for existing orchids. Call Volunteer Services for more information at (954) 473-2955 x 134.


The Orchidteer Meeting dates are as follows:

​July 8- Orchids of the Philippines by Mac Rivenbark, of Mac Orchids

August 12- Presentation by Mike Coronado of RF Orchids 


Click here for the most recent Orchidteers Newsletter

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