Corporate Volunteer

Corporate Volunteering

Corporate Volunteering

Volunteering at the Garden is a great way to foster teamwork, support environmental sustainability in the community, and discover a hidden jewel in your city!

Two Onsite Opportunities:
Volunteer for the Day | Adopt a Garden

Your Team’s Day

We’ll work with you to design the perfect schedule for your team’s volunteer day with us. 

EVERY VISIT INCLUDES

-Parking and Free Admission

-Tour of the Garden

-Catered team lunch

-Hands-on gardening work suitable for all ability levels and supervised by our staff

 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

9:30am: Arrive and check-in on Terrace

10am: Welcome remarks & Overview

10:15am: Project work begins

12pm: Project work ends

12:15pm: Team Lunch on Terrace

1:30pm Event Completion

Packages

Volunteer for a Day

$3,000 Engagement Fee

  • For smaller teams (up to 15 people)
  • 1 dedicated volunteer session, supervised by our team
  • includes tour, project work, parking & admission, and catered lunch

Adopt a Garden

$6,500 Engagement Fee

  • For larger teams (up to 20 people) and ability to select project
  • 2 Seasonal dedicated volunteer sessions, supervised by our team
  • Includes personalized sign, tour, project work, parking & admission, and catered lunch

NEW THIS YEAR!

What volunteers are saying…

 

 

“Thank you for an awesome day. It truly is one of our favorite events. The tropical garden is absolutely beautiful, and all should be proud of their hard work, strength, time, and commitment to this oasis in the city. Thank you to all our associates and those at the Queens Botanical Garden for a truly memorable event.” 

 

 

“Queens Botanical Garden has been such gracious partners with us and we always have a great time! The aftermath of the magnolias path looks amazing and I’m so proud of the team! Thanks to the wonderful team at Queens Botanical Garden. You all are always welcoming and it’s been an honor to volunteer at your garden! Until next time, Happy Planting! 

 

 

“Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and generosity. The team at QBG were so welcoming and supportive as they set us up for the day. Our team had so much fun. They could not stop talking about what an incredible experience they had planting bulbs and preparing for the Spring Festival.” 

Become a Corporate Member! 

Corporate Membership includes a complimentary Corporate Volunteer Day among other great benefits. CLICK HERE to learn more.

 

CONTACT

Eryn Hatzithomas, Community Engagement Manager

718.886-3800 x216 | [email protected]

Can our company bring a photographer?

Absolutely–we will take a group photo after the volunteer project, but feel free to bring your own photographer.

Our event was canceled because of unsafe weather conditions–now what?

We’re really sorry for the inconvenience! Please notify your team members and do not commute to QBG. Our community engagement manager will get you rescheduled for a rain date later this year if possible and next Spring, at the very least.

You booked up too quickly! Can we just come on a public volunteer day?

No – the public events are the only opportunity for individual NYC residents to volunteer with us, and we will be screening registrants to make sure there are no affiliated groups. We love the enthusiasm of our volunteer base, but if you didn’t book this year, get in touch early on behalf of your company next time.

We want to come back! Can I prepay for next year?

Let’s talk! Our engagement fees and programming shift year-to-year, and we want to ensure that as many companies can participate in the program as possible. That said, we value our returning partners and volunteers, so let’s chat!

How else can my company stay involved this year?

Consider sponsoring our Garden, purchasing corporate memberships for your team, or make an in-kind donation or annual gift to support our work. Email [email protected] to inquire.

Can I come late?

Yes, but please coordinate with your group lead to find us once you’re at the Garden.

Can I leave early?

Yes, please notify the group leader before you head out

Is there anything I need to do for the lunch, parking logistics, or happy hour if I’ve booked one?

We will arrange catering for a typical mix of diets (including meat-eaters and vegetarians). Let us know if you have vegans, gluten free restrictions, or need a kosher meal at least one week in advance.

Will we be getting dirty? Do I need specialty gear?

We will provide gloves and tools. Please dress in close-toed shoes, casual clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, and don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat!

Why was my team’s volunteer work different from last year?

The itinerary of each volunteer day is dependent on the seasonal needs of our Garden. Each item of the itinerary is subject to change, at our discretion, with last-minute or no notice. These choices keep your team’s comfort and enjoyment in mind in addition to our internal logistical needs

Can I request a specific volunteer project?

Yes– you can choose to Adopt a Garden on pre-arranged dates of the year. Otherwise, our Volunteer for the Day projects shift throughout the growing season, depending on our organization’s needs. We really appreciate the help and your flexibility!

I haven’t heard from you in a while–is my event still happening?

Yes! As long as you’ve received your event confirmation and haven’t heard about a weather cancellation the week of your event, the day will absolutely run as planned. We’ll see you at 9:30am at the Visitor & Administration Building.

Already Inquired? Here’s What’s Next

  1. Select a date, customize your day & acknowledge (via QuickBooks form) that you agree to our partnership terms and conditions.
  2. Send info for an invoice to be generated with the following fields: Organization Name, Organization Address, and Name, Title and Email Address for addressee at Organization.*The funding provided by these engagement fees is absolutely vital to the work of Queens Botanical Garden. As such, they are non-refundable and due one month prior to your volunteer event unless otherwise agreed in writing. Your primary contact for payment processing will be ([email protected]). Please keep [email protected] copied on all correspondence.
  3. Keep an eye out for emails! You’ll only receive a few, and they’re each important: Confirmation email with invoice attached, Your photo and waiver release link to share with participants, Confirmation of headcount one week prior to the volunteer day & any last minute changes or reminders. Weather cancellations at 12pm the day before (hopefully not!)
  4. Book with us for next year in January/February, and stay involved with other events throughout the year, including as a guest or sponsor at the Rose Gala!

 


 

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a nonprofit organization that offers environmental education, engaging programming, and cultural activities. QBG also provides an essential resource for people who do not have a yard, giving them access to trees, flowers, plants, and open space. 

Volunteer day engagement fees support our work to foster sustainable choices—decisions that protect and nurture our environment and our community.