We invite you to share the rewarding experience of being a Friend!
We are a voluntary non-profit community organisation whose Mission Statement is:
To support the establishment and continued development of
a unique world-class Regional Botanic Garden on the Sunshine Coast.
The support of anyone
interested in conserving
and showcasing our unique
local natural environment
is welcomed and valued.
Support may take the form
of Membership and/or Donation.
Membership of the Friends offers:
The quarterly newsletter
Participation in open management committee meetings held in the Arts & Ecology Centre, second Thursday of the month,1.00pm. (Members join in discussions but do not vote).
Notice of Annual General Meetings & quarterly General Meetings (interesting guest speakers).
Additional insurance cover while attending any Friends' activity, at the Gardens or elsewhere.
Opportunity to join the volunteer workforce and enjoy the camaraderie and sense of achievement arising from further growth and development of the gardens, and seeing the pleasure visitors get in the gardens.
Friends' working groups carry out a wide variety of activities in the Gardens and adjacent environmental reserves. Volunteers choose activities/groups that suit them.
See "About us" for more details.
is not enough...
one must have
a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen
Other activities in which the Friends participate:
Fauna Watch, organised by Wildlife Queensland, which meets monthly in the Gardens (8 am, second Wednesday) to identify, count, and record birds, butterflies, koalas and any other fauna.
Botanical art, illustration and drawing - meeting monthly for lessons and practice.
Educational and research opportunities with both the University of the Sunshine Coast and schools.
What the Friends expect from volunteers
The safety and welfare of all volunteers are of paramount importance. Before undertaking any of the activities of the Friends in the Gardens, each volunteer must undertake safety induction, conducted by the Council.
Council provides high-visibility shirts, hats, gloves, insect repellent and sunscreen lotion, and expects that volunteers wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
Want to become a volunteer in the gardens?
Come along, introduce yourself at a Tuesday work day in the Gardens, and see us at work. Make sure you're in time for the very social morning tea break around 9:30am. Note: You cannot join in the work until you become a financial member ($20 p.a.) of the Friends (so you are covered by our insurance), and complete the Sunshine Coast Council Volunteers Induction Briefing, scheduled for the second Thursday in each month.
Friends of the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Inc.
PO Box 445
Buderim Qld 4556
We look forward to meeting you in the near future.