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Volunteer at MSI Smart Home Garden

Posted by Ron Wolford -


  • Plant and maintain the sustainable vegetable garden and share your garden knowledge at the Smart Home: Green and Wired exhibit that opens on May 8, 2008 at the Museum of Science and Industry & runs through Jan. 2009.
  • Volunteer opportunities include: Planting Team, Garden Groomers, Garden Docents, Garden Photographers, Garden Historians and Ask the Experts.


  • Master Gardeners.
  • Those that are friendly, approachable and possess a professional attitude and appearance.


  • Contact your local MG Coordinator.
  • Attend one Kick-off training session with University of Illinois Extension staff on either Feb. 7th or 9th, 10am – Noon.
  • Complete a MSI volunteer application.
  • Attend one MSI Volunteer Orientation in either March or April.
  • Volunteers will be scheduled on Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's. Sign-up for dates at the Kick-off.
  • Volunteers will be required to complete both Extension and MSI background checks.


  • Hone your sustainable vegetable gardening skills.
  • Gain knowledge of the Museum, its history and numerous exhibits.
  • Be involved with this exciting new exhibit and learn about all the green features of the Smart Home: Green and Wired.
  • Volunteers receive many perks, including: MSI food and shopping discounts, free entry to the Museum, family vouchers and FREE parking.
  • Meet new people and have a great time.

Photo: Museum of Science and Industry

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