NOTICE: The Friends of the Wollongong Botanic Garden program is suspended until further notice.
The Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden is a volunteer based group that has been established for more than 30 years. As a member of the Friends, you will have the opportunity to join in all our activities.
Volunteering opportunities for Friends members include:
- Hosting regular guided tours through the Garden
- Assisting with event catering and serving
- Supporting our staff during our school holiday programs and major events within the Garden
- Assisting our Greenplan Nursery team with plant propagations
- Assisting staff with basic garden maintenance tasks through the volunteer Willing Weeding Program
- Assisting staff with research for our garden development projects and ongoing curation of plant collections
- Archiving Botanic Garden historical documents and items
- Fundraising activities
The Friends also have an annually elected Executive Committee who manage the Friends activities and participate in regular meetings with Botanic Garden staff.
The Friends meet at the Garden’s Towri Centre at 10am on the second Saturday of February, April (AGM), June, August, October and December. Car parking is located off Madoline Street, Keiraville.
Get involved, become a Friend today!
The Friends are always looking for new members to get involved. They offer worthwhile volunteering activities for volunteers in a friendly social environment. If you are thinking about volunteering your time to a worthwhile cause then the Wollongong Botanic Garden needs you!
Please complete the Friends membership form (on the right) and submit via email firstname.lastname@example.org ; or return the form in person to Wollongong Botanic Garden Administration Centre (car park off Northfields Avenue, Keiraville); or mail to The Secretary, Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden, 61 Northfields Avenue, Keiraville NSW 2500.
The annual membership fee of $15 or $25 per couple (annual fee) needs to be paid via direct deposit to Westpac BSB 032 695, Account 473 838 or you can send a cheque addressed to The Secretary, Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden to 61 Northfields Avenue, Keiraville.
Contact us by phone on 4225 9082 or via email email@example.com
Skills, Experience and Personal Attributes
Existing skills and experience only required for the research and archiving projects. Inductions are provided for all other volunteering activities.
We are seeking people with the following attributes:
- Ability to work safely unsupervised and as a member of a team
- Willingness to learn new skills
All volunteers are required to undertake relevant site and Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) inductions prior to participating in any volunteer activity.
The Friends are currently looking for keen buggy drivers that would like to showcase the garden and share your love of plants with visitors and community members!
Friends Funded Projects
The Friends have funded the following projects:
- Two Mobility Scooters in 2017
- Staff Scholarship Program, annually since 2016
- Electric Tour Vehicle in 2015
- Extraction and transportation of rare and endangered palms from Queensland in 2014