We LOVE our volunteers! Come and share the excitement of Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Whether you love working with children, have a green thumb or just want to meet new people, we have a place just for you. You choose where you want to work and how often.

Let’s Get Started

Here’s what you need to know and what you can do to start volunteering. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Submit your application, we’ll complete a background check, then get ready to have fun!

Do What You Love

Being a volunteer at Shangri La gives you the chance to participate in a wide variety of nature-related and educational projects. You choose where you want to work and how often.

Opportunities include:


  • Children’s Garden Guide
  • Volunteer Teacher
  • Outpost Tour Driver or Interpreter
  • Discovery Theater Attendant
  • Nature Discovery Center and Lab Exhibit Interpreter
  • Exhibit Hall Interpreter
  • Garden Guide
  • Bird Blind Interpreter

Visitor Services

  • Garden Greeter/Visitor Conductor
  • Volunteer Services Staff
  • Special Project and Special Event Staff


  • Garden Grower at our Production Greenhouse
  • Horticulture Helper

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free admission to Shangri La Gardens
  • Free Individual level membership to Stark Cultural Venues after the completion of 30 hours of service
  • Free Shangri La shirt
  • 10% discount at Shangri La’s Garden Store, the Star and Crescent Moon Café, and the Stark Museum of Art Store
  • Advance notice of events at all Stark Cultural Venues, including Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House, Shangri La Gardens, and Lutcher Theater
  • Opportunity to attend interpretive and educational programs
  • Annual awards and recognition

More Information

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities contact:

  • Katie Krantz, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
  • P. O. Box 1044
  • Orange, TX 77631-1044
  • tel. 409.670.0234 ; fax: 409.670.9341
  • kkrantz@