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:

— Awbury’s Wingohocking Creek Watershed Treevitalization Restoration Project —


Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

We need 10 experienced tree-planters and 40 willing volunteers to help clear invasives and plant trees and shrubs (generously paid for through a grant from Pennsylvania Horticultural Society).  A soup lunch is included.

Location: Awbury Arboretum Agricultural Village, 901 E. Washington Ln- click here for directions.

Update: Registration for this event is closed.  Thank you, volunteers!


— Second Saturday Volunteer Days —

Saturdays, June – November

To include a landscape service project from 9 AM to 12 Noon; followed by a snack and optional grounds tour until 1 PM.

Project site locations:
June – Wetland Meadows
July – Agricultural Village Community Garden Setting
August – The Secret Garden
September – Pollinator Habitat
October – Wingohocking Creek Watershed
November – Cope House Bulb Planting Celebration
Groups including all family members 6 years old and above are welcome!

Location:  Meet at the White Barn in the Cope House Parking Lot, Awbury Arboretum, One Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138

Participants are encouraged to participate in Historic Germantown’s Second Saturday afternoons: After a morning of service-learning, bring your family and friends to visit any or all Historic Germantown sites!   – Click here for more information.

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


— Awbury Coffee “Grounds” Garden Club —

Tuesday Mornings, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Awbury’s Agricultural Village and 

Thursday Mornings, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Cope House

Our Rise and Shine Gardening Club is back!

Learn and share a variety of sustainable gardening practices in two very different settings.

~ the Cope House Parking Lot, Awbury Arboretum, One Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138
~ the Awbury Agricultural Village, 901 E. Washington Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19138
Contact Leslie Cerf lcerf@awbury.org or call 215-205-6561 to sign up.


— Building Structures: Woodworking Tasks —

Tuesday Mornings, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Assist with woodworking tasks, led by skilled volunteers.

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.


— Wetlands Wednesday —

Every Wednesday thru November, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PMwetlands

Accompany Awbury landscape staff and horticultural student interns as they restore and improve native vegetation and remove invasive plants along the riparian buffer of Awbury’s pond and wetland area.

Led by Karen Flick, Awbury Arboretum Landscape Manager, graduate of Temple University and Tyler Campus Horticulture School.

Volunteers ages 16 an older.

Location: Meet at White barn in the Cope House parking lot, 1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138

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

— Pollinator Habitat Gardening —

Tuesday Mornings, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM,

Thursday Afternoons, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM,

and the last Sunday of each month, by appointment

A continuation of our Hands-on Pollinator Habitat Lessons

Gardening to benefit pollinators is a wonderful focus to add to your gardening skills repertoire and supports the survival of local native pollinator species.  Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village includes a Pollinator Habitat, maintained by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and skilled volunteers.

Weather permitting; we will cancel in case of rain.

Location: Awbury Arboretum Agricultural Village, 901 E. Washington Ln – click here for directions.

Note: We’re wrapping up Pollinator Habitat Gardening for the season and don’t need any new volunteers.  Thank you!! 

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:

1IMG_20151116_143147. Wingohocking Creek Restoration TreeVitilization Planting Project

– Saturday, October 14th

  • Two shifts:
    Two vols. from 8 am – 10 am for Tree Planting Volunteer Registration; sign in and team assignments,
    and Two vols. from 11 am – 1 pm for Pot Luck Soup Lunch, set-up and service

2. Awbury’s Annual Harvest Festival – Saturday, October 28thpumpkin

  • Four shifts: Opening setup from 9:30 am to 10:30am, Activity shifts from 10:30am to 12:00pm and 12:00 to 3:30pm, and Cleanup from 3:30pm to 4:00 pm
  • Activities include: family crafts and games

3. Greens Sale and Open House – Saturday, December 2nd

  • Shifts: TBD
  • Activities include: Welcoming visitors, Wreath Decorating, family and children’s activities.

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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