Become a Volunteer!

Herbarium specimens are the foundation of understanding the biodiveristy of the planet. This information is currently only available to researchers who can come to the Garden and visit the collection. In order to make these specimens accessible to everyone, we are in the process of digitizing all of our herbarium specimens and and making them available online through the Virtual Herbarium. With 7.8 million specimens, this is a goal we can't accomplish quickly on our own! Volunteers can join us in this historic undertaking by helping us database, image and georeference every single specimen in the collection.

WeDigBio 2016: Crowdsourcing for Conservation & Climate Change Research

On Saturday, October 22nd from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., The New York Botanical Garden’s William and Lynda Steere Herbarium will partner with Fordham University to host a community-based Natural History Collection Bioblitz as part of WeDigBio 2016, a global 4-day volunteering event focused on mobilizing biodiversity data from preserved museum specimens to advance scientific research.

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Event Schedule!

Volunteers are welcome to stay and work for as long as they wish to produce as many accurate transcriptions of museum specimens as possible during the course of the event. Small prizes (including 20 free all-garden passes to the New York Botanical Garden) will be awarded to our highest achievers and winners of friendly activity-based competitions.

You need not to worry if you can’t make it to the Bronx on October 22nd, because you can participate in WeDigBio 2016 from anywhere! Simply check out to learn more and sign up for another in-person event, or log in as an virtual volunteer and teach yourself to transcribe!

Event Location:

Fordham University - Rose Hill Campus
Hughes Hall - Room 104
Bronx, NY, 10458, USA

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What can you do to help?

Volunteer Benefits

How to Join Us

Please fill out an application with our Volunteer Program. You can also contact us at (718) 817-8765 or by email at