Volunteering at Minnetrista is a unique experience providing immediate fulfillment to you as a volunteer and to the many visitors of Minnetrista. Help set up an exhibit, be an extra pair of hands in tending the gardens, assist children during Camp Minnetrista or help execute our annual events, the satisfaction of your efforts and time spent is priceless.

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Ways to Volunteer:

The Orchard Shop at Minnetrista provide many opportunities for volunteers to create themed displays, or tap into your customer service skills. Additionally, Saturdays in September–December are a great time for seasonal volunteers to help with the consumer demand for our fresh cider! 

Gardens/Natural Areas
Do you enjoy working outdoors? Work alongside our resident gardeners and other volunteers with hands-on projects. You may work in one designated garden, or come as needed to help with large planting projects or other outdoor opportunities.


Permaculture Garden
Come and spend your time immersing yourself in our sustainable garden. The Permaculture Demonstration Garden is open to all community members who want to help Minnetrista and The Permaculture Initiative maintain this project and other future projects.

Programs/Special Events
Create meaningful experiences for visitors during events such as Family Adventure Days, Enchanted Luminaria, Summer Stage Fest, or Faeries, Sprites and Lights. 

Do you enjoy working with food for large groups? Volunteer with Minnetrista’s catering service. Chef Wolfe and his staff welcome your assistance in food prep, set-up and clean-up. Numerous opportunities in this area are available throughout the year with varying weekday, evening and weekend hours.

It’s all about the details. Do you enjoy history and heritage? Minnetrista’s Collections department welcomes you to help preserve the heritage of East Central Indiana through basic collections care techniques for objects and archival materials. Project integration may be tailored to a volunteer’s interests. Volunteers in this area are directly supervised by the Collections Department staff during weekday hours.

Specific Skills
Do you have a knack for woodworking? Minnetrista houses a fully equipped wood shop and is always welcoming volunteers to help build exhibits or fulfill other hand created demands. Do you enjoy painting, welding or have other specific skills you would like to contribute to Minnetrista? We have many one-of-a-kind projects where specialized talents of others enhance the Minnetrista experience.