Join the Board of Directors or an Arboretum Committee!

The mission of Mount Pisgah Arboretum is to engage people with nature through interactive learning and stewardship. The Arboretum is currently looking for people with diverse perspectives and a love of nature to join our volunteer Board of Directors and advisory committees. The Arboretum is a resource for our whole community and our Board and committees should reflect and represent the community we serve.

Board meetings run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and are generally on the third Monday of the month. Board members are also expected to join at least one advisory committee and participate in other Arboretum activities. Arboretum committees are made up of board members and other community volunteers, and committee meeting schedules vary.

If you’d like to learn more about the role of board members at Mount Pisgah Arboretum please review the Arboretum’s Board Member Responsibilities and Duties. Individuals interested in joining the Arboretum Board of Directors, or joining a committee without joining the Board should contact the Executive Director, Brad van Appel for more information at [email protected] or 541-747-3817. 

The Arboretum currently has six standing committees, each with a different focus. They include:

Development Committee:

Purpose: Secure financial resources to operate and develop Mount Pisgah Arboretum.

Education Committee:

Purpose: Develop and deliver dynamic educational programs and exhibits for a broad range of ages and audiences.

DEI Committee:

Purpose: Engage a broad diversity of people in all aspects of the Arboretum, including as visitors, volunteers, members, donors, board, and staff, and inspire a sense of belonging for everyone.

Finance Committee:

Purpose: Provide fiscal oversight for Mount Pisgah Arboretum including budget development/management, investing, and accurate financial reporting. 

Habitat Committee:

Purpose: Guide Mount Pisgah Arboretum in the identification, restoration and care of its native plant and animal communities.

Infrastructure Committee:

Purpose: Identify and prioritize infrastructure improvement and maintenance projects, and guide long-range infrastructure planning.

Marketing Committee:

Purpose: Expand community recognition, understanding, and appreciation for Mount Pisgah Arboretum and its work.

A Vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Mount Pisgah Arboretum, we envision a future where all Oregonians feel a deep connection with their local environment and play an active role in caring for it. We recognize that promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is key to achieving this vision. We see DEI as directly related to our core mission and we understand that this work will be ongoing. We see the Arboretum as a resource that belongs to the whole community. We recognize that for this to be true, we need to do more than just provide equitable and inclusive access to our programs and services. We need to instill a sense of ownership among diverse populations. That means not just diverse visitors, but also diverse volunteers, members, and donors, as well as a diverse board and staff.