Harvest Fest and the QBG Pumpkin Patch will welcome thousands of people from Queens and beyond to have the quintessential fall experience over Columbus Day weekend. The week after, we need volunteers to help clean up our beautiful oasis and to help break down QBG's Pumpkin Patch. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, picking up litter, breaking down fencing and décor, collecting remaining pumpkins, and removing hay bales.
We welcome individuals and small groups to help us set up, clean up and run our event day. Please note members of group may be split up and assigned to different tasks. Volunteers must be able to commit to the entire event to be considered. Please specify the name of your group in the order form under Company/Organization. To arrange for a Corporate Group volunteer opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there an age requirement?
Individual participants for must be 16 year of age or older and able to lift 15lbs.
Can I only come for one hour or part of the day?
Due to limited space, we encourage volunteers to stay for the entire event. If you need to leave early, please speak with the staff member you are working with so they can plan accordingly.
Where do I go once I get to the garden? What time should I arrive?
Volunteers will meet at the Visitor & Administration Building at the scheduled start time for check in.
Do I need to know any skills ahead of time? How physical is the work?
We welcome all skill levels to participate--you do not need to know anything prior to coming. You will be trained in safety and skills for each session. We try to accommodate all ability levels, however participants must be able to do some physical work including bending over, lifting 15+ pounds, and standing or walking for long periods of time.
What are my transportation and parking options getting to the Garden?
Please park in our Parking Garden lot. You do not have to pay for parking or admission. Tell the attendant your name and that you are here to volunteer for the Volunteer Day. If you are taking public transportation or walking, please enter through the front gate. More information about transportation and parking can be found here.
What should I bring?
Please wear weather appropriate clothing--sun hats and sunscreen if it's hot or layers if it's cold, and don't forget comfortable shoes. Bring a water bottle and snack if you'd like.
What happens if the weather is bad?
Our events are rain or shine. In very inclement weather, you will be notified of a cancelled or rescheduled volunteer date.
In the case that an event is cancelled, you will be notified via email.
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PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) occasionally photographs or films visitors and activities on site to support our mission in promotional media and materials, including print, online, broadcast, and social media. By attending this event, you grant permission to QBG use your likeness in perpetuity, in all forms of print and digital media used to promote, publicize, or advertise the Garden, its activities, and programs. If you do not give QBG permission to take and use your image, you must notify an event organizer or staff when you arrive for this event. QBG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
MISSED VOLUNTEER DAY POLICY
We rely on volunteers to make our programs a success and consider registration to be a commitment of attendance. After two missed volunteer days with no notice of cancellation from you, your future registrations will be canceled under the Garden’s discretion. You will have to appeal to be considered for further volunteer days with QBG.
QBG staff strives to provide a place of peace, beauty, and safety for the quiet enjoyment of our visitors. QBG is a living museum, a collection of gardens for the study, culture, exhibition, and display of plants. We encourage our visitors to explore, enjoy, and be respectful of our plant collections and to be considerate of fellow guests as well. For more guidelines on garden etiquette, click here.
GETTING TO QBG
By public transportation, take the number 7 subway line to Main Street, the Long Island Rail Road (Port Washington line) to Main Street/Flushing, or the Q44-SBS or Q20 bus.
By driving, please click here for more information.
Oct. 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to Oct. 16, 2019, 9:30 p.m.
Location: 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355