The Conservatory of Flowers relies on the support of people like you to maintain its galleries and host special exhibits. Help the Conservatory thrive by making an individual donation or having your company sponsor an event.

Connect People to Plants as a Conservatory Ambassador

The Conservatory requests that volunteers commit to two shifts per month for one year. Most shifts are 2-3 hours long. In return, the Conservatory offers free lectures and social events and a discount in the gift shop. All new volunteers are required to meet with the Director of Volunteers & Education, go on a docent-led tour, and attend an hour-long training session.


Available Volunteer Opportunities

  • Butterfly & Blooms Exhibit Docents educate visitors about the plants and butterflies that fill the Special Exhibit Gallery. The Conservatory will offer training on butterfly pollination, migration, and metamorphosis, so you can help visitors leave the exhibit with an even deeper sense of wonder over these fascinating creatures! Shifts are 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00 Tuesday-Sunday.
  • Horticulture Volunteers come in on Mondays to help with pest management, clean the galleries, and install exhibits. Please note that horticulture volunteers seldom work with the plant collections and are asked to help with "heavy lifting". The Conservatory is not able to take on summer horticulture volunteers or summer horticulture interns.
  • Conservatory Clean-Up volunteers are needed from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month to help weed the grounds, scrub pots, and do other important tasks. Volunteers must schedule their clean-up shift in advance through Hands On Bay Area.
  • Youth Volunteers High school volunteers who are at least 16 years old are invited to be Special Exhibit DocentsShifts are 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00 Tuesday-Sunday. The Conservatory requires at least one shift a week for a semester or over the summer.
  • Docents and Jungle Guides educate visitors about the Conservatory's fascinating collection of tropical plants. Shifts are available Tuesday-Sunday. The next training session will be held in January and February of 2018. 


To learn more and schedule a meeting at the Conservatory, contact Erika Frank, Director of Volunteers & Education, at or (415) 637-4326. 

Docent & Jungle Guide Training Materials:


Aquatics Gallery.pdf226.14 KB
Highland Tropics Gallery.pdf246.83 KB
Lowland Tropics Gallery.pdf558.19 KB
Potted Plants Gallery.pdf887.67 KB
Orchids.pdf1.02 MB
Plant Adaptations.pdf665.13 KB
General Botany Part I.pdf398.43 KB
General Botany Part 2.pdf406.52 KB
History CoF and GG Park.pdf544.67 KB
Artists and Masons.pdf1.04 MB
Touring Strategies.pdf136.93 KB
Conservation.pdf125.49 KB
Tropical Ecosystem.pdf185.27 KB