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Volunteer Opportunities at Sunken Gardens

New Dates! October 10-13 - Sunken Gardens Fall Docent Training, 9 a.m. to Noon

Love gardening and history? Enjoy sharing your passion with others and feel comfortable speaking in front of small groups? Join our docent program! Applicants need only a love of nature, willingness to learn, a reliable nature, and a basic knowledge of tropical plants.

Training includes Sunken Gardens’ history, horticulture and animal information, docent best-practices, role-playing and tour shadowing to provide a complete, well-rounded learning experience to prepare docents to lead tours with confidence. Training also requires spending a minimum of 4 hours of your own time outside of class getting familiar with the gardens and reviewing class information. Once trained, docents are asked to lead at least one hour-long tour per month for groups of 10 – 25 people and may do so during a time that is most convenient for them.

A $10 materials fee is also required (refundable after leading 5 tours). If interested, complete and submit a volunteer application by October 5. Contact for questions. 

Volunteer Application

Join us

Be a part of historic Sunken Gardens transformation from a roadside attraction to an educational and cultural center. By bringing the diversity of your own background, skills, and education, you will be helping protect and preserve this historic garden, increasing its impact on the community through diverse educational and horticultural experiences that provide opportunities for our community to enjoy the garden.

Your volunteer experience will enable you to meet new friends with similar interests, participate in unique projects, learn new skills or gain work experience.

Volunteer opportunities include Garden Assistants that help maintain the beautiful grounds, Garden Docents to lead visitors on guided tours, and Special Event Assistants to help develop, promote and work during events. Or, tell us how you would like to help.

Volunteers need only a love of nature and a willingness to learn. Specific training will be provided.

Volunteer Form

Print, fill out clearly and completely, and submit the volunteer form via email, fax, mail or drop off to:

Sunken Gardens
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
1825 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
FAX: 727-551-3101

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