Volunteer at Elizabeth Park
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Volunteers are the Heart of our Park

Opened in 1897, Elizabeth Park is home to America’s oldest public rose garden and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Without volunteers, the Conservancy would not be able to maintain the beautiful gardens and grounds of Elizabeth Park. Located on 2.5 acres, the Rose Garden contains over 15,000 roses in 475 beds and 82 arches. The Conservancy recruits and manages hundreds of volunteers to work in the gardens, and our volunteers include people of all ages and backgrounds who want to support the park and give back to their community. Join our team, make new friends, and take time to smell the roses!

Elizabeth Park is successful because of dedicated volunteers. Help us build on our achievements by signing up to volunteer. Below, please find the different opportunities available!

Please note that our volunteer programs:

  • Welcome anyone aged 18 and over for regular volunteer days
  • Special volunteer opportunities for those under the age of 18
  • Offer both one-time and ongoing opportunities
  • Provide guidance and tools.

When working in the gardens, please come prepared with proper clothing: long pants, closed-toe shoes, water bottles, sun protection, and a hat. Tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own gloves and hand tools.

Each participant must sign in at the Cottage, our headquarters, located across the road from the Rose Garden. We suggest that you leave cell phones, wallets, and pocketbooks locked in the trunk of your car. There are bathrooms in the Cottage for your use.

Please check under Volunteer Work Days to see this year’s volunteer days.

To volunteer, email us at volunteer@elizabethparkct.org or call us at 860.231.9443, extension 103. You may also download and mail our Volunteer Application Form.

For questions or information, please call: 860-231-9443, ext. 104
or email us:

Christine Doty
President and CEO

Kathy Kraczkowsky
Co-Director of Park Operations


Elizabeth Park Conservancy
1561 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117
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1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117
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