People enjoying the daffodils and pink magnolia and crabapples

Become a Garden Tour Guide

Do you have an enthusiasm for nature and the Garden that you’d like to share with others? Are you looking for a fun and exciting learning opportunity? If so, you should become a Garden Tour Guide. Tour Guides are the Garden’s representatives and personal links to visitors. They play a crucial role in educating visitors about the importance of plants, nature and the Garden. Primarily, they lead tours of specific collections like the Conservatory and the Forest, working with both adults and children. 

If you think you’d like to be a Tour Guide, you should know that:

  • Tour Guides should have a strong desire to learn about the plant world and to share that knowledge with others; be comfortable with the outdoors and public speaking; and be punctual and reliable.
  • Tour Guides must complete a Fall 12 session training program and Spring Mentorship, attend special exhibition trainings, and serve as an exhibition explainer.
  • The training sessions provide a solid foundation in horticulture, botany, audience engagement, museum education and interpretation.
  • The minimum time commitment is 4 tours per month for 1 year. (Tours are approx. 1 hour.)
  • Tour Guides are expected to attend review training sessions as scheduled.

For more information about becoming a Garden Tour Guide, contact the Volunteer Program at 718.817.8765 or via e-mail.

Get the volunteer application today.