Volunteering at the Arboretum

The volunteer application and consent form are now "interactive" pdfs so they can be filled out, saved to your computer, and emailed to Pat Drackett at pat.drackett@msstate.edu or Sherri Lowe at s.lowe@msstate.edu. If you have a digital signature you can use that in the "signature" area. You can still print them and fill them out the old way too! Whichever you prefer.

Volunteer Information Volunteer Handbook Download Printable Application

VOLUNTEERS at The Crosby Arboretum fill a variety of vital roles, both behind the scenes tending plants, maintaining trails, stuffing envelopes, and assisting with construction and before the public as tour guides, gift shop assistants, and admission greeters. Both the task and the time are fitted to individual volunteers; some volunteers give of their time one day a week, others give a few hours a month. The Crosby Arboretum welcomes volunteers with a wide range of interests and talents.


The Crosby Arboretum, Mississippi State University Extension Service, is looking for some good volunteers! Whether you have a few hours a month, a few weekends out of the year or just a few weeks while you are relocated to the coast for the winter, we have a place for you.

Students! The Crosby Arboretum is the perfect place for students to expand their resume for college applications and scholarship applications with volunteer service.

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Call for Volunteers

Volunteers to post and distribute Arboretum Quarterly Program Calendars to public community boards where appropriate throughout the MS Gulf Coast and New Orleans metro areas.

Volunteers needed to inventory and clean-up the nursery stock area and prepare plants for upcoming plant sales.

Volunteer Tour Guides/Docents needed. We will train you!

Volunteers needed for: Maintenance needs- help pressure washing bridges, cleaning kiosk’s, cleaning and painting front gates, painting sign boards in the greenhouse and weeding.

Volunteers needed for special events.

Examples of Volunteer Tasks:

*Walking the trails to clean sign posts
* Sweeping decks and cleaning chairs
*Power-washing gates, decks, bridges and pavilion floor
*Using leaf blower to clean trails of leaves and pine needle debris
*Weeding children's garden
*Cleaning the greenhouse
*Assisting with plant sales
*Tour guides!
*Assisting with our larger events
*Painting gates and visitors center walls
*Ticket Booth: greeting guests, handing out maps, handing out fish food


*Scrapbooking the Arboretum's newspaper clippings, magazine articles, etc.
*Filling fish food bags for public
*Making copies of handouts
*Answering the phones on event days
*Manning the membership table on event days

For more information about volunteering at the Arboretum, call  (601) 799-2311 or email Pat Drackett at pat.drackett@msstate.edu or Sherri Lowe at s.lowe@msstate.edu