Ambassador program

At Stoneleigh: a natural garden, our volunteer Ambassadors inspire guests to explore, learn, and appreciate the garden. From welcoming and wayfaring to education and event support, Ambassadors are essential to creating a warm, welcoming, and educational experience for all our guests.

If you enjoy meeting new people, sharing your excitement for history and horticulture, and spending time outdoors, join us as a volunteer Stoneleigh Ambassador.


A masked Stoneleigh Ambassador hands a seed to a toddler held in the arms of a woman in a dark coat.

Photo: Mae Axelrod

Stoneleigh Ambassadors participate in five, half-day training sessions during which they learn about the rich history of the garden, Stoneleigh’s approach to ecological horticulture, guest relations best practices, and much more. 

Upon graduation from the program, Ambassadors volunteer their time welcoming guests to the garden and supporting special events. They commit to serving at least two, four-hour shifts each month at Stoneleigh. Shifts are available April through November, Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am – 5:30pm. 

Training dates: 

  1. Wednesday, February 15, 9:00am – 12:00pm 
  2. Wednesday, February 22, 9:00am – 12:00pm 
  3. Wednesday, March 1, 9:00am – 12:00pm 
  4. Wednesday, March 8, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  5. Wednesday, March 15, 9:00am – 1:00pm, including graduation 

Participants must attend at least four of the five sessions—including the first one—to graduate from the program.

The safety of our volunteers, staff, and guests are of paramount importance. We are planning to hold training sessions in person, on-site at Stoneleigh. However, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and may change some trainings to virtual. Save the dates and look for updates accordingly. 

The Stoneleigh Ambassador program is part of Natural Lands’ Force of Nature® volunteer program, which connects people to the outdoors through dedicated service to Natural Lands.


Applications for the 2023 program are now closed. Please consider joining us for other volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Visit our events page for more information.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through December 22, 2022, or earlier if the class fills. Submit your application early to receive full consideration. The program is competitive, and spaces are limited. Selected candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis to schedule an interview. 

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in all our work, and we strongly encourage BIPOC candidates and LGBTQ+ candidates to apply. 

Questions? Send a message to Sam, Stoneleigh engagement manager, or call her at 610-716-4128.