Volunteers play a crucial role at Ladew Gardens, lending a hand in various capacities in almost all of our departments, whether working with the public or behind the scenes. Through their efforts, volunteers contribute to the beauty of the gardens, the success of our educational programs & special events, the enjoyment and experience of our visitors. Our volunteers are highly valued members of the Ladew family.

We offer numerous volunteer opportunities for garden lovers of all ages, abilities, and interests. Chances are, we have volunteer jobs you will enjoy at the activity and involvement level you desire. As a Ladew volunteer, you’ll spend time with our talented and dedicated staff, and with other wonderful volunteers. You’ll delight in and share our visitors’ enthusiasm for this wondrous place.


Volunteer Open House

Friday, April 1 or Saturday, April 2 | 9 - 11 am

Meet Ladew staff and veteran volunteers to learn about volunteer opportunities to match your interests and skills.  Volunteer needs include Garden Maintenance, Nature Walk Trail Maintenance, Butterfly House Docents & Maintenance, Children's Programs (School Fieldtrips and Summer Camp) and more. 

To register, contact Lori Spencer at 410.557.9570, x224 or


Teach Children about Nature: Volunteer Training Course
Tuesday, April 5, Friday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 12 | 9 am – 12:00 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. Free registration. Background checks required. 

To register, contact Sheryl Pedrick at 410.557.9570, x226 or


Butterfly House Docent Training
Thursday, June 16 or Saturday, June 18 | Times TBD

Learn about butterflies, moths, their life cycles, and the plants the depend on. Outdoor teaching techniques and Butterfly House management will also be included. Additional training videos will be provided. 

To register, contact Sue Myers at 410.557.9570, x216 or



Volunteer Opportunities


Children’s Programs  

• Teach children to understand and respect nature
• Assist staff in conducting school field trips 
• Help with summer nature camps

Special Events 

• Greet visitors, sell admissions and/or memberships, provide information

Garden Maintenance 

• Work alongside Ladew’s professional garden Horticulturalist
• Help weed and maintain the gardens


Nature Walk Maintenance 

• Help maintain trail and woodland ecology

Butterfly House Maintenance

• Assist in the care of butterflies and caterpillars
• Help weed, water, deadhead and maintain garden beds




We rely on our volunteers’ help, expertise and energy. We will ensure you receive excellent training and support specific to your assignment. Certain volunteer assignments, such as docents, require mandatory training; others will receive on-the-job orientation.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Ladew Gardens, please fill out an application and send it to Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton MD. 21111 / attention to Volunteering

>>Volunteer application<<

We look forward to welcoming you to Ladew’s Volunteer Family!