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 

Date for 2023 coming soon

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 11, Friday, April 14, Tuesday, April 18, Tuesday, April 25 | 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

Dates for 2023 coming soon



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!