Volunteer

Bring our mission to life. 

Join us to build your relationship with the land and river. We welcome individual and group volunteering for a variety of projects throughout the year, with most opportunities between March and November.

All volunteers must register individually in order to complete our volunteer waiver.

Upcoming Volunteer Days

There are no upcoming events, but check back soon for more information.

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 Ways to Volunteer

Outdoor Volunteers

We welcome volunteers for outdoor work with our horticulture, farm, and facilities staff on seasonal tasks like weeding, planting, cleaning, pruning, and light maintenance. No special skills or past experience is needed. Dress for working outdoors, and if you have them, bring work gloves and a water bottle. See our Calendar for volunteer days.

Boathouse Volunteers

Our boating programs are run by an amazing team of over 80 trained Boathouse Volunteers. Contact us to learn more.

Event Volunteers

We rely on occasional volunteers to support free public events, including movie nights, performances, and more. Volunteer needs for these events are indicated in their respective calendar entries.

Private Volunteer Groups & Team Retreats

For rates and availability for private group volunteering, please contact Sarah Adeniran at sadeniran@bartramsgarden.org. Learn more about hosting a private team retreat, including a volunteer experience.

Sankofa Community Farm Volunteers

Volunteering at the Sankofa Community Farm includes outdoor work in a spiritually centered setting. Learn more about how to prepare your body and your heart in this short video.

Current Boathouse Volunteers

Current volunteers can login here.

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking

Birds

Boating & Fishing

Flowers, Plants & Trees

Gardening

History

Kids' Activities

Sankofa Community Farm

Southwest Philadelphia

Water Quality

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Youth Internships

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking

Birds

Look up! More than 100 species of birds rely on this ecosystem.

Boating & Fishing

Enjoy all that the Tidal Schuylkill River has to offer.

Flowers, Plants & Trees

See what’s blooming, find a favorite tree, and stroll the gardens and natural lands.

Gardening

Bring the Garden home! Shop for plants and grow your own food.

History

Uncover the interconnected stories of this historic site.

Kids' Activities

Join us year-round to learn, make, share, and wonder.

Sankofa Community Farm

“Go back and get it!” Growing food sovereignty with an African Diaspora focus.

Southwest Philadelphia

Resources and opportunities especially for neighbors in Southwest Philly.

Water Quality

Find our latest data on the river’s bacteria levels and recent rainfall.

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Enjoy upcoming workshops, self-care, and events. Are you a Southwest artist? Let’s partner!

Youth Internships

Calling Southwest students: paid internships available with the river, the farm, and the trees.