The Arboretum offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can help in the community garden, assist with horticultural work in campus landscapes, or help in campus natural lands. Come out and get your feet wet, your hands dirty, and your knowledge expanded, as you learn more about gardening, landscaping, or natural lands management!
Though the Arboretum is not currently accepting volunteers, our summer volunteering starts Monday May 13th at 8am and will run through August 2nd. Our summer schedule will be as follows:
Monday 8am Landscaping
Tuesday 8am Landscaping
Wednesday 8am Landscaping, Community Garden, Natural Areas
Thursday 8am Landscaping, Community Garden
Friday 8am Landscaping, Community Garden, Urban Forestry
Volunteers can simply show up to our office punctually at the beginning of any of our volunteer shifts. Our website always has the most up-to-date volunteer schedule. Please bring a reusable water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes and a smile.
COMMUNITY GARDEN/NURSERY ACTIVITIES
Creating Vegetable Beds: Loading compost in the wheelbarrow and moving it to the garden area to unload and then spreading it out with a rake.
Planting Seeds/Plants: Planting seeds in the garden beds. Seeds may be planted in small starter pots, and then planted in the garden when sprouted.
Tree Planting: Fruit trees and fruiting vines may be planted in permanent garden areas. Compost is first placed in the bottom of the hole and then plants are planted. Labeling and heavy watering should follow each planting.
Mulching Pathways: Laying cardboard out in the pathways first (remove any plastic tape), and then spreading mulch over the cardboard.
Mulching Garden Beds: Laying leaf/hay mulch on the growing beds.
Weeding: Pulling weeds (undesired plants) from the garden beds, pathways and perimeter of the garden. Ask the UCF staff member which plants are weeds.
Fertilizing: Spreading collected coffee grounds (removing the filters), mushroom compost, or other compost in the growing beds to provide vital nutrients to plants.
Insect Pest Control: Scouting the garden for pests and using an approved method for control (integrated pest management).
Harvest: Vegetables and herbs are harvested when ready at intervals during their growth.
Pruning: Individual removal of plant stems and leaves to create a desirable shape.
Propagating: Making cuttings, planting seeds or dividing plants.
Fertilizing: Applying fertilizer as directed on the label of the particular fertilizer.
Weeding: Identifying undesirable plants by pulling to insure the roots are removed.
Planting: Planting material as necessary to create the desired landscape. Incorporating compost material in the soil to give the plants a ideal medium for growing.
CAMPUS NATURAL AREAS ACTIVITIES
Vegetation Monitoring: Assist the Land Management team in collecting data and documenting vegetation changes in the UCF Natural Lands.
Pond and Trail Clean-ups: Students will collect trash and recycling from campus.
Invasive Species Removal: Students will be hand pulling invasive vines, and possibly using a machete to “hack” into invasive trees while LNR Land Management staff chemically treats the invasive plants.
Planting Projects: Students will physically plant small trees and shrubs in various locations around campus.
URBAN FORESTRY ACTIVITIES
Tree education: species, tree health and diseases, native vs. exotic tree species
Tree pruning techniques
Tree planting: Native trees may be planted in permanent areas around the campus. Compost is first placed in the bottom of the hole and then plants are planted. Labeling and heavy watering should follow each planting.
Managing exotic plant species that displace native species
The UCF Arboretum offers an array of great incentives to reward the hard work of all our dedicated volunteers. Just alert a staff member if you have enough hours to redeem the incentive and we will be happy to help you! See the flyer below for a full list of incentives:
The Arboretum is also a happy participant of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Ask an Arboretum staff member for more information. Completed your hours? Contact Volunteer UCF at:
2010 University of Central Florida, Office of Student Involvement
P.O. Box 163245, Orlando, FL 32816-3245
Phone: 407.823.3318 | Fax: 407.823.5899