Volunteers are a key part of our mission at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.  In 2012, volunteers gave over 3,000 hours of service at the Arboretum!  We welcome newcomers to the area as well as those just discovering the Arboretum, experienced gardeners and those willing to learn.  Students fulfilling community service hours, retirees, and clubs as well as friends, all are welcome.  Seasonal as well as year round projects are available.

Contact Lisa Martin at (908) 273-8787 ext. 1313 or l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org  to find out more about volunteering.

PLEASE NOTE: For all of our volunteer opportunities with our Horticulture Department (Saturday Ground Force, Thursday Ground Force and Invasive Task Force) we welcome all volunteers ages 14 and up. Please note that 12 and 13 year olds are also welcome to participate, but must be accompanied by an adult who is also volunteering that day.

NEW!  Invasive Task Force

Join our Tuesday volunteer group and help in the fight against exotic plants! RRA is home to over six acres of native New Jersey mixed hardwoods. As the last open space in Summit, we pride ourselves on our woodland habitat. But it is not immune to the encroachment of invasives that threaten to smother the native understory. Learn to identify noxious weeds and native bullies and help us foster a healthy native woodland habitat. Please contact Lisa Martin at l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org or (908) 273-8787 ext. 1313 to register for each session.

Sign up for one or more of the following dates. All sessions are on Tuesdays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

September 23
October 7
October 21
November 11

Volunteer Opportunity: Saturday Ground Force

Join us for a morning (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) of fun outdoor work as we tackle a variety of seasonal projects.  We welcome all volunteers ages 14 and up to participate in one or more of the following Saturday volunteer sessions (please note that 12 and 13 year olds are also welcome to participate, but must be accompanied by an adult who is also volunteering that day):

September 13
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15
November 22
December 13

Volunteer Opportunity: Thursday Ground Force

Looking to help out in the gardens during the week this Spring? Join us for Thursday Ground Force! Sign up for either the morning session (10:00 am to 12:00 pm) or the afternoon session (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm) or bring lunch to have on the grounds and stay for both!

Sign up for one or more of the following dates:

September 18
September 25
October 2
October 16
October 30
November 6
November 13
November 20
December 18

Please note that registration for either volunteer opportunity is required.  Please contact Lisa Martin to register or for more information! 

NEW Volunteer Opportunity: Weekend Waterer/Greenhouse Assistant

An independent volunteer opportunity, this is a position for responsible volunteer staff to assist in weekend watering of the Louise Muncie Roehm Greenhouse and the hoop-house. Please contact Julieanne Frascinella at j.frascinella@reeves-reedarboretum.org to schedule an interview. Additional responsibilities may include preparing potting soil, propagation via seeds and cuttings, potting up and repotting of plants, pot sterilization, and integrated pest management. On-the-job training will be provided. Shifts include but are not limited to Saturday mornings (10 am to 12 pm) and Sunday mornings (10 am to 12 pm).

This opportunity is open to those ages 18 and up.

NOTE TO VOLUNTEERS:  Volunteers should dress in comfortable clothing, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. Tools, gloves, bugspray, and water will be provided. Ticks and poison ivy are present, long pants and long socks are advised.


If you have a love of both horticulture and history that you would like to share with others, become a Garden Docent at Reeves-Reed Arboretum! Garden Docents will lead informative and inspiring group tours of the gardens and grounds.

If you are interested in this volunteer program, please know that:

  • Garden Docents should be comfortable with public speaking.
  • Most tours will take place on weekdays.
  • Training in notable features, plant collections, and Arboretum history will be provided.
  • This program is open to volunteers ages 19 and up.

Please contact Lisa Martin at (908) 273-8787 ext. 1313 or l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org for more information.


Special Event Volunteers

Be part of exciting seasonal events at the Arboretum!

Celebrate Fall – Sunday, October 26.  Help with games, crafts and activities at our annual Autumn family festival!

For information, contact Lisa Martin at 908-273-8787 ext. 1313 or l.martin@reeves-reedarboretum.org.  



Arboretum Ambassadors

Do you enjoy interacting with visitors and spending time in a lovely, peaceful setting?  Be a welcoming, informative Arboretum presence in our ground floor gallery between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm on Sundays.  This opportunity is open to adults, college students and high school students entering their junior or senior year.


Corporate, Scout, and School Groups

We welcome corporate, scout, and school groups for single or multiple volunteer sessions, and are happy to work with you to find an opportunity that meets your group’s interests and scheduling needs.

Contact Lisa Martin for more information.