We have more and more going on at the Bailey Museum all the time, and there is always a need for more helping hands! Whether you have an interest in gardening, kids, carpentry, history, or simply greeting people when the come in the door -- or something else that we haven't thought of yet -- your time and interest are valuable to us.
To get involved in any of these opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 637-3251, or at the individual contact information provided below.
Bailey Sitters – If you’d like a chance to spend some time in the museum, learn more about Bailey’s life and work, and be a friendly face to greet and orient visitors to the Bailey Museum, then you may be the right person to join the Bailey Sitters. Bailey Sitters often have plenty of down time, during which they can help keep the place tidy, enjoy our exhibits and other resources, read a book, etc. Sign up for one three-hour shift, for one shift a month, once a week, or whenever you are able. Typical shifts are either 9:00-12:00 or 12:00-3:00 on days that the museum is open (Wednesday-Saturday in the summer), but we are happy to accommodate your schedule. Staff will always be present to answer questions and help out, but having a Bailey Sitter around helps save some of the staff’s time for the daily work that keeps our organization doing all that we do. A sign-up list is located at the museum, or you can also inquire with staff 269-637-3251.
Wednesday Weeding – Every Wednesday when the weather is nice, a group of volunteers meet on the Bailey Museum grounds from 10:00-12:00 to weed, water, tend, and do what needs to be done in the museum gardens. If you’d like to join us some week, shoot an email to Anne Long at email@example.com .
Adopt-a-Garden – The Bailey Museum’s Living Collections feature a series of themed gardens with interpretive signage that highlight many families of plants to which Bailey devoted much of his botanical and horticultural research. We are looking for Master Gardeners and other experienced gardeners and horticulturists to help develop and care for these garden plots. Currently adopted gardens include the Garden of Bellflowers, the Garden of Larkspurs, the Carex Garden, and the Brassica Garden. We still need gardeners for the Garden of Pinks and the Marie Dissette Herb Garden, and we are currently looking for gardeners interested in helping us envision and design a Garden of Gourds, a Rubus Garden, and potentially others. Please email the museum if you are interested in lending your green thumb to help keep Bailey’s horticultural legacy alive!
“Budding Naturalists” Leaders – Bailey’s Budding Naturalists is a summer program that we offer in conjunction with the Kalamazoo Nature Center for two age groups of kids: 6-8 year-olds and 9-11 year-olds. However, while the Nature Center is working with one age group of kids, we have volunteer educators lead an outdoor-learning-related activity with the other age group. Certification or significant experience teaching kids is required to lead one of these programs — past programs have included collecting and pressing plants with elementary teacher Rebecca Linstrom, looking at pond microorganisms in microscopes with retired science teacher Julie Leavitt, making clay apples and practicing mindfulness through basic yoga with certified children’s yoga instructor Pat Lucchesi, learning about birds with Kalamazoo Audubon Society bird expert Russ Schipper, and more. If you have experience teaching kids and would like to lead an hour session for each age group one day, please let us know!
“Budding Naturalists” Helpers – Just as important as our volunteer leaders are our volunteer helpers. Usually, each Budding Naturalists Leader wants at least one extra set of hands to help take kids to the bathroom, put on a band-aid, and generally keep activities running smoothly. If you like working with kids but would rather not be in charge of teaching, we can use your help!
“Budding Naturalists” Snack Crew – We can always use help supplying and preparing snacks for the break between the two programs each day. The museum will cover the cost of all snacks. You’ll be in touch with us about avoiding food allergies for specific groups of students and ensuring that the food we provide our kids is healthy. It’s another small way that you can be a part of helping our children’s outreach remain successful and effective.
Carpentry Help – We can occasionally use the help of carpenters and other handy folks to build pedestals and other display elements for exhibits, create shelving, and help with minor repairs around the house and grounds. If you have carpentry experience that you could lend us, especially if you have experience with historical carpentry, please let us know! We can probably use you.
Internships – The Bailey Museum offers several different internship opportunities in the areas of education, horticulture, outreach/marketing, and museum technician. More information on our internship program may be found at our internships page.