"It can be very hard to get out of the student mindset. Volunteering at Plantations was a great way to do this while getting more involved in the Ithaca community and having lots of fun. I really remember feeling relieved when I got to interact with people that weren’t my age!"
"Come volunteer if you’re looking for an activity that supports your own interests in nature or teaching, as well as an opportunity to serve. You get more than you give."
"The volunteer program is spectacular. I loved everything I learned, whether specific to these gardens, or just about botany or growing things in general. I made lots of friends here and it became a thread of my life."
"Plantations people, both the volunteers and paid staff that I’ve worked with, have been absolutely super. It’s a place I thoroughly enjoy being around."
"We love gardening and plants and everyone here does too, so it’s a great place to volunteer."
"I’ve been a volunteer here now for 13 years. It’s one way of getting out into the gardens, meeting a lot of great people, and just purely enjoying myself."
"As a volunteer, I get to work with a really amazing variety of plants. I learn a lot and get ideas for my own garden."
"I volunteer here because it’s a way to show my appreciation for the existence of Plantations."
"As a volunteer tour guide, I have the satisfying knowledge that I am adding to the experience and understanding of the people who come here."
"The Plantations staff is incredibly welcoming to volunteers. They’re always willing to help them discover and learn things, and have a meaningful experience. "