The energy and creativity of volunteers provide essential support to our gardens and programs. We welcome volunteers with an interest in plants to help our Horticulture Staff maintain the Arboretum’s gardens.

A volunteer working at the arboretum

Drop-In Volunteer Opportunities

No RSVP Required

Just join us for as long as you are able.

Once on campus, register your vehicle then go to the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association Visitor Center to find the day's work location.

We provide all tools and gloves.

Bring water and snacks and dress to work in the gardens.

Closed-Toe Shoes Required.

Drop-in volunteering on Tuesdays from 1-3PM. Meet at the Visitor's Center

Get involved as a volunteer:

  • If you are interested in becoming an Ambler Arboretum volunteer, please fill out our online volunteer form.
  • We invite gardeners at all experience levels to join our drop-in volunteer opportunities which will meet every Tuesday afternoon, March through November, from 1:00 - 3:00PM. Projects may include mulching and edging of planting beds, dividing perennials, pruning shrubs, weeding, and other seasonal garden tasks. 
  • Experienced gardeners wishing to volunteer on a weekly basis may arrange with the Horticulture Supervisor to volunteer regularly in a specific garden area. Weekly Volunteers typically work a half-day per week and assist a Horticulture Staff member with all tasks needed to maintain the garden section throughout the season.
  • Arboretum Tour Guides – Lead visiting groups through the garden areas so they don’t miss the seasonal changes, new projects, or historic highlights. Training will be provided.
  • Publicity and Outreach – spread the word about the Arboretum at various regional events. We will provide everything you need, you provide the enthusiasm!

For more information about these volunteer opportunities for individuals 18 years of age and older, contact Kathy Salisbury, Director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, at 267-468-8400 or

Ambler Arboretum Advisory Committee

The Ambler Arboretum Advisory Committee meets at least quarterly and its purpose is to advise and counsel the Ambler Arboretum Director.

Members engage in strategic planning for the Arboretum, provide information that may impact the Arboretum, lead and assist efforts to obtain funding for the maintenance and enhancement of the gardens and grounds and provide leadership and commitment to Temple University Ambler and the Ambler Arboretum.

The Advisory Committee is comprised of no more than 20  external members who are interested and passionate about the mission and vision of the Ambler Arboretum. Members often bring expertise and skills, which help the Arboretum to reach and maintain its goals and visions.

The Ambler Arboretum Advisory Committee played a key role in the conceptualization and establishment of many of the Arboretum’s gardens as well as supporting student workers and connecting the Arboretum to the surrounding community.

For more information on how to become a member of the Arboretum Advisory Committee, contact Arboretum Director, Kathy Salisbury at 267-468-8400 or