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Monday thru Sunday 9:30am to 5:00pm, last entry at 4pm.

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​​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 email our Volunteer department for an invitation to our next Volunteer Orientation. For more information email volunteers@flamingogardens.org

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


ELIGIBILITY
Flamingo Gardens Volunteer Categories: 

  • Adults 18+ wishing to contribute spare time to a worthy cause.
  • High School Students (see availability update below) 15-18 completing their community service hours (with consent form signed by a parent.)
  • Families (see availability update below)wishing to be actively involved volunteering with their children ages 12-14. (Ages 12-14 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.

* EFFECTIVE JULY 2021: Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities at Flamingo Gardens. We are grateful for those who supported us the past year and for all the renewed interest in giving back to the community through volunteerism. Unfortunately, due to the record turnout of potential student volunteers in June, Flamingo Gardens cannot accept any additional middle/high school volunteers at this time. We apologize and encourage you to periodically visit our website for updates as to when we will resume recruiting teenage volunteers.


HOURS

Volunteers are typically able to set up a weekly schedule. While some positions require specifics hours, in many areas the Volunteer Department will work with you to set up a schedule that works for you.​​

  • Wildlife Care requires a different schedule. 
  • please email your interest in attending our next Volunteer Orientation.
  • 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 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 weekly on Thursday mornings for orchid care, cataloging and mounting. Consider a donation from their AMAZON WISHLIST:
    ​https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/CDEONB6S99B8?ref_=wl_share​
  • 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 18 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. 
  • Corporate Team Volunteer Programs- Volunteering as a group is an effective team building activity, while giving back to your community. If your business is interested in a group volunteer project at Flamingo Gardens, please contact Genevieve Marcello at 954-473-2955 x134 or at volunteers@flamingogardens.org
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VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

Jeff Brezner
Our August Volunteer of the Month is awarded posthumously to Jeffrey Brezner, beloved Wray Home guide since 2015.
Jeff was a dedicated volunteer and was quick with a joke during his tours of the museum. He always had a quarter in his pocket that he would pull out and make “appear” from behind the ears of delighted children that toured the home. Jeff was often seen out in the gardens, camera in hand, taking beautiful photos that he shared in our Camera Club. His warm smile and charming personality made everyone feel welcome.

Our hearts are with his wife Sandy Block-Brezner, another loyal volunteer, and the Brezner family during this difficult time. Jeff was a part of our Flamingo Gardens family and will be greatly missed by all. Thank you Jeff.


Interested in becoming an Orchidteer? Send your inquiry to volunteers@flamingogardens.org

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