info-bar icon

Get your ticket for Festival of Lights! Advanced tickets are required and may be purchased online or at our gift shop.
Tickets are limited each night and may sell out.


Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

  • Slideshow image
  • Slideshow image
  • Slideshow image
  • Slideshow image

    Volunteers learn some tricks of the trade

  • Slideshow image
  • Slideshow image

    Volunteering for events — always a blast!

  • Slideshow image
  • Slideshow image

Become a Volunteer!


Volunteers have made the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens all that it is today. Their dedication, cooperation, hard work, and creative energies are the heartbeat of the organization. From top-level policy decisions to pulling weeds, volunteers are involved in every aspect of the Gardens. We invite you to become a part of our family of volunteers - over 200 strong - and help the Gardens continue to thrive. Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden has volunteer opportunities to meet up with weekly groups or explore for an opportunity that meets your interests. 


  • Free training
  • Horticultural knowledge and hands-on experience
  • Earn an individual membership after 50 hours of volunteer service
  • A "Lifetime Membership" to the Gardens after 500 hours of volunteer service
  • Newsletter
  • Volunteer appreciation events
  • Satisfaction of being a participant in the growth of the Gardens

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens please fill out our brief Volunteer Application to tell us a bit more about yourself. Our Volunteer Coordinator will get back to you ASAP! You can also call 707 964-4352 ext 10, or send an email to

Daily and Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

Thursday Volunteer Days — Woodland Garden and beyond!

Work in the Woodland Garden, the Succulent and Mediterranean Gardens, the Heath and Heather Garden, the Display House, and beyond! We will meet every Thursday from 10AM to 12:30PM for weeding, pruning, mulching, composting, planting and more. If you are interested in coming to Thursday Volunteer Days, please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinator at to get started.

Vegetable Garden  YEAR-ROUND

Last year we took nearly 8,000 lbs of fresh produce from our organic demonstration garden to the Fort Bragg Food Bank! In addition, we have been building a community of volunteers who work hard and share knowledge and excitement about food and medicinal plants. If you are interested in food production, organic gardening, and feeding the Fort Bragg community, please join us in the Vegetable Garden each Monday and Friday from 9AM to 12PM. Join the fun and learn how to grow your own! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at to get started.

The Garden Store

The store needs volunteers to unpack and shelve merchandise, greet visitors and take payments, operate a cash register, and explain what people will see in the Gardens. Volunteers are needed for daily operations, especially in high season. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at to get started.

Nursery & Propagation

Volunteers in the Nursery provide advice to customers, help stock shelves, watering in season and provide information about the Gardens to visitors. It is particularly helpful to have volunteers help staff over the lunch hours in the busy season, May through September. In addition, volunteers help to propagate plants by seed, cuttings, and division under the supervision of the Nursery Manager or Assistant Manager. Propagation makes available many of the interesting and unusual plants showcased in the Gardens. Call Lyn Anton at (707) 964-4352, Ext. 12 or email at

Seasonal Dahlia Garden Volunteer Days

The magnificent Dahlia Garden displays over 150 varieties of dahlias, producing a riot of color from mid- to late-summer. Each Saturday morning, June to September from 9AM to 12PM alongside MCBG Horticulturist Jim Celeri, learn about these dramatic beauties and enjoy the brilliant vibrancy they bring to this area of the Gardens. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at to get started.

Rhody's Garden Café

Help prepare beverages at Rhody's Café while learning some delicious tricks of the trade from Marie, our culinary genius of a Cafe Manager. April through September, Rhody's needs volunteers for lunch service shifts from 12PM to 3PM on Fridays or Saturdays. Work with a fun crew and prepare and serve nutritious and organic meals! This opportunity is great for those with a passion for food. Volunteers must be able to stand for most of the shift. Please contact Marie at

Special Volunteer Assignments

Docents – The Gardens are called up to provide docents for school groups and VIP visitors. Training is available!

Bulk Mailings – The Gardens sends out mailings approximately 10-12 times a year and it takes a team to get one out. This is a fun way to work with others and help the Gardens.

Construction Projects – The Gardens is always in need of volunteers to help maintain facilities, construct potting tables and help with other construction projects. The team that works on these projects is fun and very talented.  

Office Help – Volunteers to answer the phones and help with office administration are always needed. 

Ongoing Projects & Special Events

We always need docents, cashiers, library helpers, data entry support, newsletter helpers, brochure and poster distribution helpers, and support with our special fundraising event, Art in the Gardens and Festival of Lights.