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Volunteer Open House

Friday, March 15 or Saturday, March 16 
9 am – 11 am
Meet Ladew staff and volunteers in a relaxing setting and learn about volunteer opportunities to match your interests and talents.
To register, contact Sophie Wittelsberger at 410.557.9570, x216, or

Teach Children about Nature: Volunteer Training Course

Tuesdays and Thursdays
April 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 (new start date is Thursday, April 4)
9 am – 12:30 pm
Train to become a tour leader for children’s school field trips. Learn about plants and animals of the gardens, general ecology concepts and outdoor teaching techniques. $20 fee. Registration and background checks required.
To register, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410.557.9570, x226 or

Butterfly House Volunteer Training and Refresher Course

Friday, June 7 or Saturday, June 8
9:30 am – 12:30 pm | lunch break: 1:15 – 3 pm
This class is for new or returning Butterfly House volunteers interested in sharing the importance of our local butterflies and caterpillars and the plants that support them. Be trained to become a Butterfly House greeter / docent. Ages 16 & up. $10 fee for new Butterfly House volunteers. Registration and payment is required.
To register, contact Sue Myers at 410.557.9570, x213 or

Teen & Adult camp volunteers needed

Volunteer with the Ladew Nature Camp staff while learning and having fun at the same time. Assist with daily activities including outdoor explorations, games, crafts, program setup, program breakdown and overall supervision of camp children, ages 2-9 years. (New volunteers require an interview and background check.)

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410.557.9570, x226 or We welcome volunteers ages 14 & older. Time commitment is 3 days or more between the weeks of June 18 – July 20; 3-7 hours per day depending on the camp week.


   Volunteer Opportunities


Lead 45 minute house tours
Teach guests about Harvey Ladew's Legacy
Learn about Maryland History, antiques and collectibles
Lead one hour garden tours
Give guided golf cart tours to guests who otherwise would not be able to experience the gardens
Garden Maintenance 
Help weed and maintain the Gardens 
Work alongside Ladew's professional garden staff
Nature Walk Maintenance
Help maintain trail and woodland ecology
Butterfly House Maintenance
Help weed, deadhead, and maintain the garden beds
Water garden beds as needed 
Butterfly House Docent

Greet and educate Butterfly House guests about our
local butterflies, caterpillars and plants found in the Butterfly House. 

Children's Programs
Teach children to understand and respect nature 
Assist staff in conducting school field trips
Help with Summer Nature Camps
Office Administration
Help with mailings 
Miscellaneous clerical duties 
Special Events
Greet guests and sell admissions and/or memberships
Coordinate guest parking
Assist with children's activities and Crafts
Holiday Workshops
Create wreaths and fresh arrangements for Ladew's Holiday Greens Sale 
Learn techniques to create your own decorations at home


These are just a sampling of the volunteer opportunities available.
For more information or to volunteer:

BY PHONE OR EMAIL: Contact Sophie Wittelsberger at (410) 557-9570, ext. 216 or

Fill out an application