Opportunities to Volunteer or Contribute

Do you have an outreach activity that you need some MGs to volunteer for? Let us know! Or check in here for opportunities to participate in events and activities or contribute to a good cause.


Become a Connecticut College Arboretum Docent!

Looking for a volunteer activity that will increase your horticultural knowledge, educate the public and accrue approved outreach activity hours – all on over 700 beautiful acres overlooking Long Island Sound? Join your fellow Master Gardeners and other horticultural enthusiasts and become a Connecticut College Arboretum docent!

Become a Connecticut College "Hort Helper"

Connecticut College Arboretum is re-launching the Hort Helpers program! The first meeting of the season will be the end of April 2016 (meet in front of or in the lobby of New London Hall)
Join Arboretum staff, Master Gardeners and Arboretum Docents to work on several perennial gardens on the main campus.
Please bring gardening gloves. Restrooms and water fountains are available in nearby buildings.

Outreach Activity Hours - Susan Munger, New London County Master Gardener Program Coordinator, has been working closely with the Arboretum staff on this effort and wanted to remind MGs to contact your extension coordinator re: outreach activity hours. For example, you could write an article for the CMGA newsletter The Laurel, develop a display board for your extension center or give a presentation to your local garden club.

If you are interested in becoming an Arboretum Docent or Hort Helper, contact the Arboretum’s Assistant Director of Public Education and Community Outreach :

Maggie Redfern,
phone: 860-439-5060

Elizabeth Park is Looking for Volunteers

Andrea Masisak, the new Volunteer Coordinator for the Elizabeth Park Conservancy in West Hartford is reaching out to friends in the horticultural community seeking volunteers at Elizabeth Park. She would like to get a group of certified master gardeners to come in. They would especially need the help in April, May and June as they ready the park for our premier event, Rose Weekend, in June, but can can schedule volunteers at any time during the growing season.

Elizabeth Park is home to the nation’s oldest municipal rose garden which numbers 15,000 roses. Additionally, there is a bulb/annual garden, shade garden, perennial garden and historic greenhouses. It is the horticultural jewel in the crown of the Hartford park system. The Conservancy is charged with the maintenance and preservation of the gardens, and we rely on the goodwill of volunteers to help us in our mission.

Please contact Andrea with any questions.

Andrea Masisak
Volunteer Coordinator
1561 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 231-9443 office