We Need You

Volunteers just like you are an integral part of all we do at Awbury. When you volunteer, you make a difference for your entire community to connect with nature and history. Thank you for taking your time to invest in others and their future!


Whether you love to work outside in the landscape*, enjoy hosting events, like to lead tours, or prefer office tasks – we’d love to have you as part of our team!


Awbury welcomes volunteer groups to schedule a work day with our volunteer coordinator.  We’ll will tailor the right project for your group.


Awbury has two major types of volunteer projects:

landscape and special events.


Questions?  Interested in helping?  Fill out the form at the bottom of the page or contact Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Cerf at lcerf@awbury.org or (215) 205-6561.

Upcoming Volunteer Landscaping Opportunities:

— “Spring Greening” Volunteers’ Season Opener–

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instead of “spring cleaning” Awbury is calling St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th “spring greening” day!  Volunteers will meet at Awbury’s Cope house barn to gather tools and set out to “spring green” the arboretum.  Family and community groups welcome!

Led by Leslie Cerf – Volunteer Coordinator and Penn State Master Gardener

Location: Awbury Arboretum, meet at the Cope House barn, 1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138

Click here for more information and registration!

Contact Leslie Cerf lcerf@awbury.org or call 215-205-6561 with questions.

— Training to Remove Invasive Ivy from Trees —

Training by appointment

Tuesdays or Fridays from 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM 

This training will give you the clearance to remove English and other invasive ivy from trees at Awbury’s Agricultural Village on your own during Awbury’s open grounds hours – from dawn to dusk 365 days a year! Tools and gloves are provided for the training. Wear garden clothes with sleeves and socks covering your ankles.

Volunteers ages 15 years and older.  Weavers Way members may also accrue 2 hours of membership discount work.

Note: Ivy Removal Training will be offered until the first snow of the season.


Tuesday: the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Rd.

Friday: Awbury Arboretum Agricultural Village, 901 E. Washington Ln- click here for directions.  Meet at the walk-in entrance on Ardleigh St, at the intersection of Duval St.

Interested? Fill out the form at the bottom of the page or contact Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Cerf at lcerf@awbury.org or (215) 205-6561.


— New Seasonal Woodworking Tasks —

Tuesday Mornings, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

October 31st through November 28, 2017

1.  Awbury’s woodworking stewards are eager to have you help make holiday candle holders which will be for sale to help raise funds for the Arboretum at its Holiday Greens Sale and Open House on Saturday, December 2nd.

2.  We also need help monitoring birdhouse. This will include checking and clearing from last season’s bird inhabitants, repairs, and improvements.

Led by Awbury Staff Person, Leslie Cerf; and Stewards, George Flick, and Marie-Monique Marthol.  Tools will be provided.  Volunteers ages 16 and older.

Location: Awbury Arboretum, meet at the Cope House barn, 1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138

Contact Leslie Cerf lcerf@awbury.org or call 215-205-6561 to sign up.


Stay tuned for new opportunities each season! 

Our volunteers help with activities like “Wetland Wednesdays” and Second Saturday projects throughout the year.  Each season offers new opportunities to learn and work in the landscape!

Upcoming Special Event Support Happenings:

By helping at two Awbury events a year, with a minimum of 8 hours, you will become a member of Awbury’s Public Events Welcome Committee, who help Awbury’s events run smoothly by welcoming guests and assisting with activities.

In return, committee member are invited to a special yearly gathering, receive a free wreath at our annual Greens Sale, and know that they’re part of our Awbury family!

Here are upcoming Awbury programs where we’ll need Volunteer help:

Stay tuned for more info!

Interested? Fill out the form at the bottom of the page or contact Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Cerf at lcerf@awbury.org or (215) 205-6561.


ww logoAttention Weaver’s Way Co-op Members!

Weaver’s Way members can now receive work credit hours by volunteering at Awbury Arboretum!

Please visit the WW membership website to see which Awbury Volunteer projects count towards credit hours.  After signing up through the WW website, please contact Leslie Cerf at lcerf@awbury.org or (215) 205-6561 to schedule and the confirm the service project’s time/place and name of service work supervisor.

Questions regarding WW membership and volunteer sign up?  Contact Kirsten Bernal at kirsten@weaversway.coop or by calling Weavers Way at (215) 843-2350.

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