Where is your volunteer program now? Join us for a town hall discussion of engaging volunteers away from the garden and returning volunteers to in-peron work. Becky Robert, Communication and Volunteer Coordinator with the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, will highlight the Arboretum's efforts to engage volunteers virtually as the grounds continued to be closed through the spring. Kevin Moss, Student & Public Engagement Coordinator with Cornell Botanic Gardens, will share his planning process as his garden prepares for volunteers to return. Marty Petillo, Volunteer Services Manager with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, will share her experience of slowly returning volunteers to the garden.
After a brief discussion from our informal panel, we will separate into breakout rooms for some extended group discussion. Join us to discuss our next steps for volunteers in our gardens after vaccinations, restrictions, and a season of limited engagement.