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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens. Volunteers are vital to fulfilling our mission of fostering an appreciation and understanding of plants from around the world and the role they play in all of our lives.

Conservatory volunteers can make a one-time commitment, or volunteer on a regular schedule throughout the seasons.

Whatever you decide, we deeply appreciate your dedication to the Conservatory and to keeping our doors open to all.

Volunteer Programs

There are many different ways you can help the Conservatory. You can work directly with the plants, interact with the public, or assist with business and administrative matters. If you have special skills or areas of expertise, please don’t be shy about letting us know; we most likely can find a way to put those talents to work! Here are some of the ways that you can get involved.

Hands-on Plant Care

This is the place for you if you want to “get your hands dirty” and actively take part in plant care. Tasks include IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and maintaining interior and exterior gardens.

No prior experience is needed. You will receive specific, detailed instructions directly from a staff member on the day that you volunteer.

Greeter and Gift Shop Assistant

Greeters welcome visitors, offer a brief introduction to the display houses, collect donations, sell plants and books, answer questions about the Conservatory, and assist with clerical tasks.

This is a terrific match if you are a “people person” and enjoy interacting with the public. This is also an ideal position if you prefer work that is not physically demanding.


Contribute to our plant-centric mission by becoming a guide, supporting lectures, or crafting educational displays. Experience in public speaking or teaching is beneficial. School tours align with Maryland State Curriculum Standards and require background checks.

The Plants & People series, led by volunteers, offers talks by experts. Join as an interpretive display volunteer, aiding in research and creation, with a focus leading up to seasonal shows. Your involvement grows appreciation for global plant life and their vital roles.

Current Volunteers

Available sign-ups are scheduled through Sign Up Genius. Log in through the button to choose your times. If you have any questions, contact the Volunteer Coordinator:

Phone: 410-396-0008
e-mail: conservatoryvolunteering@gmail.com

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