Norfolk Botanical Garden

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Basic Information

Address: 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk VA 23518
Phone Number: 757-441-5830 ext. 327
Fax Number: 757-441-5828
Director: Donald R. Buma

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Environment, Culture, Nature, Science, Education
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: children, adults
Ages for Volunteer: 10 if with a parent, 14 working alone
Hours of Service: 9 a.m. - Noon, 1-3 p.m., evenings for special events
Minimum Hours Required: 2.5
Days of Service: Sunday - Saturday
Mission Statement:

The mission of Norfolk Botanical Garden is to enrich life by promoting the enjoyment of plants and the environment through beautiful gardens and educational programs.

Program History:

Volunteers work in every department in the Garden, from outside with Horticulture, to inside in the Gift Shop and Library. Some work with families and children, some alone. There are as many varieties of volunteer positions as there are types of people.


Garden of Lights (Thanksgiving 2009 through January 3, 2010); classes for adults in gardening, photography, dancing, and more. Chidlren's Educational programs in the World of Wonders: A Children's Adventure Garden, and through outreach classes.

Additional Information:

Minimum age for volunteers working on their own is 14 years. Volunteers younger than 14 are required to work along side a parent or family member at least 18 years old. Families are welcome to volunteer together; the youngest family member must be at least 10 years old. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to work without a parent in the Gift Shop, Library, or in the Horticulture Department.

We welcome students, scouts, or clubs who want to come out as a group for a special project. The ratio of adults to youth is 1 adult to every 5 youth, and the adults will work along side the younger volunteers.