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March 2018 Networking Event: Exclusive Onsite Tour and Presentation for Volunteer Managers at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

March 21 @ 9:45 am - 12:30 pm

Exclusive Onsite Tour and Presentation for Volunteer Managers-
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Limited Spaces – Includes special guided tour of the Gardens and light morning tea.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (RBGS) welcomes The Centre for Volunteering members and guests to attend an exclusive onsite tour and presentation. Participants will hear directly from some of the RBGS volunteers and volunteer management team about how their program has grown from its humble beginnings to a program that is now replicated across the country.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is one of the most beloved gardens in Australia and opened in 1816. It is the oldest scientific institution and the oldest scientific institution in Australia. The Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands incorporates the following seven sites:
• Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
• Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
• Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
• The Domain
• Centennial Park
• Moore Park
• Queens Park
and covers over 750 volunteers contributing $1.6 million to the organisation and the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens in volunteer hours per annum. This does not include income generating programs they deliver.

By attending to this networking event, you will have a great opportunity to learn about their diverse range of programs, recruitment policies, training procedures, retaining volunteers and implementing new programs. After the presentation you will have the opportunity to go one of our Volunteer Guided Walks through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

The Centre for Volunteering wishes to thank the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for their longstanding membership and generosity in hosting this event.

About our Presenter, Donna Osland, Manager Volunteer Programs, Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parkland

Donna Osland oversees the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands Volunteer Programs, supports the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens’ Volunteer Programs and works with the Sydney Volunteer Guides.

She started her career as a secondary school teacher. After resigning as Head Teacher of school to become a full-time mother, Donna started volunteering at her child’s school and took on the role of Casual Education Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens teaching and developing educational programs for the public. Donna later progressed to a guide and the Sydney Guide Coordinator.

Donna has received the Friends Staff Scholarship to present a paper at the Botanic Gardens 6th International Congress in Education in Oxford, UK and in 2009 received the Department of Environment and Climate Change Spokesperson of the Year award. Donna believes it is a privilege to be able to contribute to the achievements of these significant Sydney sites and to support the work of the amazing people who volunteer.

Cancellation/Withdrawal Policy

A 10% fee will apply for all cancellations made within 7 days of the course date. No refund will be given if you withdraw, cancel or defer your enrolment on the day or after the scheduled workshop date.


March 21
9:45 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


The Centre For Volunteering


Royal Botanic Garden
Maiden Theatre, Mrs Macquaries Road
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia