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Desert Botanical Garden Charity Profile
Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only
44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year.
A charter member of the Museum Association of Arizona and National Center for Plant Conservation, the Garden is fully accredited with the American Association of Museums and American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. It continues to build on its 63-year legacy of environmental stewardship, and has become nationally and internationally renowned for its plant collections, research and educational programs Mission Statement:
The Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.
Desert Botanical Garden Volunteer Information
Members of the Volunteers In The Garden (VIG) play a vital role in the operation of the Desert Botanical Garden, a non-profit museum dedicated to research, education, conservation and display of desert plants.
VIG assist in nearly every aspect of the Garden - over 20 different volunteer programs. Each volunteer goes through an intensive program of education and training. During the training program and throughout their volunteer experience, VIG have many opportunities to meet others with similar interests. Upon completion of their training, volunteers continue their education through ongoing programs.
The commitment of members of the VIG is small compared to the rewards of volunteering. Prospective volunteers must first become members of the Desert Botanical Garden. Volunteers then commit to participation in at least one volunteer program including all required orientation and trainings.
As the Garden mission states, volunteers help “ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert.”