Community Gardening Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter’s sponsored volunteering, there are native plant efforts around the St Louis area that need volunteers.

We know everyone doesn’t have a yard to Dig In! Therefore, we are listing additional events on this community page where you can “get your hands dirty”, even if you live on the third floor of an apartment.

Of course if you do have your own yard and want to help, these opportunities are for you as well. Your commitment to supporting the native plant community and planting native plants is much appreciated!

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Look for the autumn Honeysuckle Sweep Week to be announced at a later date.

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ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES – Five St. Louis organizations need your help!

Organization: Brightside St. Louis

“Brightside has opportunities to volunteer in the Demonstration Garden (all native plants) every Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Let them know you’ll join them by calling the Brightside office at 314-772-4646 or emailing info@brightsidestl.org.

Arrive ready to work in your garden work clothes. With just a couple hours of your help, the Demonstration Garden will be in tip-top shape.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/OperationBrightside 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/brightsidestl 

Instagram www.instagram.com/brightsidestl

Nextdoor:  https://nextdoor.com/choose_address/?i=kpgptvebbzfzqvnwdeqb

Newsletter:  www.brightsidestl.org/get-involved/email-newsletter-signup/

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Organization: Forest Park Forever – Forest Park Savanna

The Kennedy Woods Advisory Group (KWAG) is volunteering under the guidance of Forest Park Forever (FPF) to restore and maintain the savanna near Kennedy Forest with all native plants. They need a volunteer core group to move the restoration process forward. 

There are two options for volunteering. These opportunities will occur on weekends or outside normal business hours:

  1. Join them for a 3-hour training session with Forest Park Forever. Those who receive training will be part of a core group able to participate in monthly restoration activities under the guidance of FPF and with the leadership of Gary Schimmelpfenig, Restoration Biologist/Educator. Complete the on-line volunteer application. Look in the right-hand sidebar of the page for the black button titled “KWAG Once-a-Month Volunteer Application”.
  2. Join them for their twice a year KWAG work sessions, including plug planting in the spring and perhaps seed collecting, or bush honeysuckle removal, in the fall. Complete the on-line volunteer application. Look in the right-hand sidebar of the page for the black button titled “KWAG Episodic Volunteer Application”.

Go to their new website, Earth Mirrors to read about the KWAG project, view the photo gallery, and more. Contact Gary with questions at gary@earthmirrors.com.

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Organization: Forest ReLeaf

“CommuniTree Gardens, our community nursery, currently holds over 20,000 trees. With just one forester overseeing care of the nursery, we depend on volunteers to help us plant, water, and weed these trees…”

Regular volunteer days are Wednesday and Friday and then select Saturdays spring through fall.

Individuals and groups must fill out the volunteer form before showing up.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forestreleaf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForestReLeaf

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Organization: Museum of Transportation

Currently our Wild Ones member, Betty Struckhoff, is leading volunteer work days every Thursday from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., but their work sites can vary so it’s good to call ahead.

Please contact Horticultural Volunteer Coordinator April Anderson (847) 289-9760 to learn more or Lead Volunteer Betty Struckhoff (314) 960-5126 if you’re going there to work and cannot find the group. Whether you can help once a week, once a month, or once in a while, you can make a difference.

Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather: Long sleeves (with short sleeves underneath), long pants, hat, durable close-toed shoes, eye protection (it’s fine to wear glasses) if trimming, a bucket, leather gloves, hand spade or pitchfork for digging weeds, and a full water bottle.

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Organization: Sierra Club Eastern Missouri Group

Doing what: Help maintain the native garden at their office
How long: A two-hour commitment one time per month
Where: Missouri Sierra Club
2818 Sutton Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63143
For more information: Contact their office at 314-644-1011 or email missouri.chapter@sierraclub.org.