Master Gardener Volunteer Sites

St. Louis Master Gardeners are involved with local community horticultural projects throughout St. Louis City, County and Shaw Nature Reserve. Parks, streetscapes, schools, community gardens and more all benefit from the hands-on gardening and teaching by Master Gardeners. Active Master Gardeners contribute at least 50 hours of volunteer service each year.

This is a list of important organizations that Master Gardeners support. It is not a complete list of all Master Gardener activities.

Master Gardener log-in required: Master Gardeners may view short-term or one-time volunteer opportunities here or on the Master Gardener Calendar. The Master Gardener policy on what counts as volunteer hours is here.

Current Projects

Active Master Gardeners contribute 50 hours of volunteer service each year. For a complete listing of all volunteer opportunities please see our Volunteer page in the Member's Corner.

Bellefontaine Cemetery Arboretum

Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum has played an important role in the early growth of St. Louis. It is the final resting place of many historical figures from Chouteau to Busch. It was established in 1849 and it is a Level II Accredited Arboretum, set in 314 acres and is listed in the Morton Register of Arboreta.


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Brightside St. Louis

Brightside St. Louis has been dedicated to cleaning and greening St. Louis since 1982. 


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Bring Conservation Home

Help homeowners create native landscapes designed to attract birds and other interesting wildlife.


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Compton Water Tower and Park

The Compton Water Tower and Park on Grand Avenue is a neighborhood landmark.


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Docent, Garden Guide or School Instructor

Many Master Gardeners conduct public tours at the Missouri Botanical Garden, provide educational tours for student field trips, and act as instructors for educational programs. 


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Flora Conservancy

Want a great way to help beautify one of St. Louis' most beloved parks? Why not volunteer with the Flora Conservancy of Forest Park and work in beautiful settings such as the Jewel Box, Pagoda Circle, the golf course. Volunteers work in partnership with the St. Louis City Parks Department.


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Forest Park Forever

Forest Park Forever volunteers work side-by-side with knowledgeable horticulture and naturalist staff to maintain landscapes in Forest Park. Typical duties include planting, weeding, pruning, clean up, watering, removing invasive species and mulching. Volunteers are placed based on organizational needs and capacity.
The shifts fall on Tues, Wed, and Thurs. mornings from 9am to noon.


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Forest ReLeaf

​Help plant and propogate young trees and shrubs at Forest ReLeaf of Missouri's CommuniTree Gardens, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven tree nursery, in Maryland Heights. 


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Gateway Greening

Gateway Greening is proud to support over 200 community gardens and neighborhood greening projects. They are amazed what neighbors can do with a few tools, seeds and a little bit of land. Included in this project is partnering with St. Louis County Library District to establish community gardens at public libraries. Also the Bell Demonstration Garden is a thriving community resource for urban gardening activities. Each week food from the garden is shared with volunteers and delivered to local soup kitchens.
Gateway Greening FACEBOOK Link          Gateway Greenway TWITTER Link


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Green Center

Founded in 1998, The Green Center is a natural oasis in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan region.  The center is headquartered in a residence built in 1932 and is located in Kaufman Park, University City, Missouri. 


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Horticulture Answer Service

The Garden's Horticultural Answer Service is over 50 years old.


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Kemper Center Plant Doctor

Master Gardeners identify plants and diagnose plant problems at the Plant Doctor Desk in Kemper Center.


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Kemper Center Reception Desk

Why not be front and center at the heart of the Missouri Botanical Garden?


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Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park was set aside from the St. Louis Common in 1836 and in 1851 established by city ordinance as one of the first public parks. It is considered by many historians to be the oldest urban park west of the Mississippi. Lafayette Park first served as a parade ground during the Civil War. Extensively landscaped after the war by the renowned landscape architect, Maximilian Kern, the park truly came into its own during the Victorian "Gilded Age" of the late 1800s.


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Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

The Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC) is an established, 34-acre nature reserve dedicated to children's nature education in central St.Louis county. The site and its staff are dedicated to promoting science teaching, learning environmental literacy, and stewardship of the Earth.


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Longview Farm Park

Longview Farm Park has a group of dedicated volunteers who have been renovating, enlarging and enhancing the gardens that are around the historic home since May 2002.


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Missouri Botanical Garden Outdoor Gardener

Volunteer your time to maintain the gardens at the Missouri Botanical Garden.


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Shaw Nature Reserve

Enjoy the beauty of Shaw Nature Reserve as you support this fabulous gem of native landscaping.


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Speakers Bureau

The St. Louis Master Gardener Speakers Bureau is a public service program dedicated to providing quality horticultural information to the Metro St. Louis area.


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St. Louis County Parks

Come join us in one of the St. Louis County Parks and volunteer alongside fellow Master Gardeners, other volunteers and the horticulture staff. 


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U City in Bloom

U City in Bloom is a volunteer not-for-profit organization that plants and maintains over 200 flower gardens throughout University City.


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