We LOVE our volunteers! Come and share the excitement of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Whether you love working with children, have a green thumb or just want to meet new people, we have a place just for you. You choose where you want to work and how often.

Let’s Get Started

Here’s what you need to know and what you can do to start volunteering. Submit your application, we’ll complete a background check, and we will contact you to schedule your New Volunteer Orientation. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

New Volunteer Orientations – Every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Do What You Love

Being a volunteer at Shangri La Gardens gives you the chance to participate in a wide variety of nature-related and educational projects. You choose where you want to work and how often.

Opportunities include:

  • Bayou Guide (Boat Driver)
  • Outpost Tour Interpreter
  • Photographer
  • School Program Assistant (Onsite curriculum-based programs)
  • Outreach Program Assistant (Offsite curriculum-based programs)
  • Special projects and special events
Visitor Services
  • Garden Greeter
  • Garden Guide
  • Theater Attendant
  • Special Projects and Special Events
  • Production Greenhouse Helper- 15th Street
  • Horticulture Helper- Shangri La Gardens
  • Horticulture Helper- Shangri La Gardens
Volunteer Benefits
  • Free Shangri La Gardens uniform shirt
  • Advance notice of events at all Stark Cultural Venues, including Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House, Shangri La Gardens, and Lutcher Theater
  • Opportunity to attend interpretive and educational programs
  • Annual awards and recognition
More Information

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities contact:

  • Amara Townsend
  • Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
  • P. O. Box 1044
  • Orange, TX 77631-1044
  • tel. 409.670.9113 ext 4022 ; fax: 409.670.9341
  • atownsend@shangrilagardens.org