Help Others Discover Good Design
Become part of the Manitoga volunteer community and meet friends. Learn about Modernism and sustainable gardening and experience the satisfaction of sharing a remarkable place!
Hundreds of dedicated volunteers – from children who tidy trails during Family Volunteer Day to retirees – help make Manitoga an outstanding local and regional resource and a beautiful place to visit.
Docent - dō′sənt - educators, trained to further the public's understanding of the cultural and historical collections of an institution.
If you love to talk with people - offering valuable information and accepting expertise in return... if you enjoy public speaking... if you are interested in museum collections and the natural environment... if you have your own transportation... if you are organized and motivated... if you can comfortably walk a short woodland trail... then you have the required skills to be a Manitoga tour docent!
Receive special training to share with the public Russel Wright’s philosophies of good design, practical modern ways of life, and living in harmony with nature by conducting the 90 minute Manitoga House/Studio and Landscape Tour. You will become part of the community of Manitoga volunteers - learning and experiencing the satisfaction of conveying a remarkable place.
With training, greet visitors and share a portion of the Manitoga landscape, house, or studio story at special onsite events and programs including Cocktail Walks, Laurel Festival and the Holiday Open House.
LANDSCAPE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Landscape volunteers receive hands-on training and mini-workshops in gardening with native plants, invasive species identification and eradication, tree care and other woodland landscape issues. In
Every year, we set aside special landscape maintenance days for community members to come together and work side by side at this magical place. Members of Manitoga’s Woodland Landscape Council and staff provide special training for teams working on major projects to ready the site for the season, and keep the landscape looking good according to Russel Wright’s outdoor design plan. Tackle challenges such as invasive species identification and eradication, working alongside landscape professionals and enthusiasts! Lunch is provided for our stalwart volunteers. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Volunteer Landscape Days are scheduled for Saturday, March 23, Saturday, April 20, Saturday, September 21 and Saturday, November 2.
We are looking for woodland enthusiasts to help maintain trails on a regular basis through 75 spectacularly beautiful acres and do so in a way that reflects the original plan and vision of creator, Russel Wright. Interns need to be able to walk and maintain the trail system at Manitoga using light tools. Interns will also present tours of the grounds and house of Russel Wright during their tenure at Manitoga.
Length of internship: one to two days a week beginning in March and ending in June.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Help behind the scenes with Manitoga events, greet guests, assist staff, and mingle with the interesting people who support Manitoga.
Help in the office with administrative, archival and research tasks. See the inner workings of a museum organization and get involved in a variety of projects.
Welcome visitors and provide information about memberships at onsite and offsite events.
For more information contact Valeska Mancilla.