Friends of Botanic Gardens at Burden Volunteer Opportunities

The Friends of the Gardens welcomes those who would like to donate their time and talents to the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.  Please email or call 225-763-3990.

For registered Burden volunteers, see Volgistics for additional volunteer needs and to register your hours.

For new volunteers, please click on the following link to create a VicNet volunteer account -

Docents for Trees and Trails:
Each school year hundreds of school children participate in the Project Learning Tree program that brings children into outdoor classrooms to teach them the significance of understanding a woodlands environment.  Many docent volunteers are needed to help ensure that each school group has an enriching and safe experience.

Speakers for Friends of Botanic Gardens at Burden (FoG):
Getting the word out about FoG is important and we need volunteers who can visit garden clubs, social clubs, and civic organizations to tell others about what’s happening at the ‘best kept secret’.

A variety of opportunities exist such as aiding in mailings, data entry, inventory and general office support.  A good way to hear what’s going on at FoG while stuffing envelopes and greeting visitors to the Garden.

Trees and Trails:
Approximately 3 miles of walking trails are available for a leisurely stroll through the Burden Woods.  The trails are maintained by a team of volunteers who meet every Thursday morning to clear underbrush and vines that encroach upon the young trees that are planted each year during the Arbor Day festivities.

Trees and Trails Docents

Trees and Trails/Project Learning Tree is an interactive field trip program at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Each field trip stops at three activity stations for a visiting school group. PreK-2nd students participate in our “Dragonflies”program and tour the Children’s Garden, then they take a short hike and learn about “How Trees are Like People," a third station is entitled “Why We Need Trees." The older groups rotate between stations on the trails that teach “Invasive Species,” Every Tree for Itself/Tree Cookies,” and “Life of the Edge/Habitat Scramble.” For large school groups, we stop along the long hike and offer presentations about Wetlands, Woodlands, and Wildlife.

If you enjoy being outdoors and with children, Trees and Trails is a great volunteer opportunity. All hours can be logged in VicNet/Volgistics. You do not need any prior knowledge. Training and partnerships with experienced docents are offered. Docents are asked to meet at 8:45am. Field trips end by 1:30pm. Lunch is provided at each field trip. Join with a friend. Contact: Sarah Rayner, (225) 763-3990, ext.3,

Wine and Roses, an elegant dinner in October, is the major special event for the Friends of the Gardens.  As with any function, details from menus to flowers need to be covered by volunteers.
Light refreshments are also served at some of our weekend educational programs.  Volunteers are needed to chair each event and to help prepare and serve visitors. 

See the Events page for a list of our Special Projects.

Members and volunteers are invaluable to us.  Keeping these people in touch, using their time carefully, and contacting them for projects is a great position for the right person.  A database expert is needed too.

Corn Maze:
Over 30 volunteers are needed to collect money and man stations every Saturday in October.  Partnering with the Rural Life Museum, we have the potential of informing 9,000+ people about the Burden Botanic Gardens and its many activities.

The publicity committee promotes Friends of the Garden functions.  Volunteers with experience in publicity are needed.

If you have an interest not covered above, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you. 

For more information, please contact