For nature enthusiasts and those who just want to give back to their communities, these volunteer opportunities are the perfect way to enjoy the area with a sense of purpose. Volunteers may maintain an urban forest, participate in horticultural research or help Dallas-area families. Find the right fit for you and your family in any of these five area organizations.
TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm
12800 Abrams Rd., Parking Lot D
Dallas, TX 75243
Hours: Sat – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Minimum Age to Volunteer: 12
Click here for volunteer day calendar
Individuals, groups and corporations may support The Texas Trees Foundation by planting seedlings, weeding, mulching and watering. Wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, and get to work in one of the nation’s largest urban forests. As a volunteer, you will be a part of the process that provides trees to neighborhood associations, churches and other non-profit organizations to beautify public open spaces. Call ahead to reserve a spot for volunteer day.
8525 Garland Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75218
(214) 515-6500; volunteering (214) 515-6561
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Minimum Age to Volunteer: 15
Take your love of gardening to the next level and volunteer as a gardener with The Dallas Arboretum. Volunteers will be assigned to the Horticulture Department to help with planting and weeding in one of the metroplex’s most beautiful locations. Volunteers assigned to the greenhouse may assist with horticultural research projects as well.
Texas Discovery Gardens
3601 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 428-7476; volunteering (214) 428-7476
Hours: Mon, Wed and Thurs – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Minimum Age to Volunteer: pre-kindergarden with supervision
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at the Texas Discovery Gardens that range from leading garden tours to assisting with educational programs, but for a more grassroots volunteer opportunity, try the greenhouse maintenance program. These volunteers help with the propagation and cultivation of plants within the greenhouse. The only requirement for this hands-on experience is a love of nature and a desire to learn.
For the Love of the Lake
1152 N Buckner Blvd., Ste. 123
Dallas, TX 75218
Hours: Sat registration – 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; clean-up – 2 hours
Minimum Age to Volunteer: school-age children with supervision
The Love of the Lake organization has been hosting a shoreline spruce up of White Rock Lake monthly since April 1996. Join the volunteer groups for an energizing breakfast and then get to work keeping White Rock Lake beautiful. All supplies are provided, including trash bags and gloves. Newcomers are welcome and should meet at the FTLOTL main office in the Casa Linda Plaza prior to the clean-up period.
Related: Family Fun at White Rock Lake
Gardeners in Community Development
901 Greenbriar Ln.
Richardson TX 75080
Click here for a calendar of events
Minimum Age to Volunteer: none with parent’s supervision
Gardeners in Community Development is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing neighborhood life through community gardening. Each year, GICD provides fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income, Dallas-area families from community gardens. Volunteers may to assist in this worthwhile effort by harvesting food for local food pantries and general garden upkeep.
Related: Best Gardens in North Texas
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