If you enjoy Hidden Lake Gardens, and you are looking for opportunities to support a public organization, please consider becoming a volunteer. Volunteers are a vital part of the Hidden Lake Gardens mission. More than 200 people volunteer each year contributing thousands of service hours. 

Volunteers are needed for:

Tour Guides:  We train volunteers to provide educational tours for children and adults. Tours focus on the conservatory, nature hike, ponding, and other seasonal attractions at Hidden Lake Gardens.

Gate House Attendants:  Greet visitors, provide information, and collect admissions. Volunteers are needed weekdays April – October.

Gardeners, Grounds, and Conservatory Helpers:   Work with staff and other volunteers to help maintain plant collections, demonstration gardens, greenhouse displays, and hiking trails.

Special Events:  Assist with the Plant Sale, Easter Eggstravaganza, The Art of Bonsai, Fall Foliage Festival, or the Holiday Festival. We need volunteers to greet visitors, serve refreshments, guide children’s crafts, sell plants, and more.


If you would like to become a Hidden Lake Gardens’ volunteer please call us at (517) 431-2060,  email us at hlg@msu.edu, or download the HLG Volunteer Application, complete it, and return it to Hidden Lake Gardens.

We value our volunteers and take time to match volunteers to each position. Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you to schedule a time to discuss your interests and to tell you more about our volunteer program.

Download the Volunteer Application.