Become a Bonnet House Volunteer!

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VolunteeringIf you would love to spend your days roaming one of the nation’s most beautiful historic houses and gardens, and helping others share in its transcendent beauty and remarkable history, serving as a volunteer at historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida should be right up your alley. It is through the efforts and dedication of Bonnet House volunteers that we are able to maintain the integrity of this unique historical estate and to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable experience for every one of our visitors.

With five distinct eco-zones and the vibrant legacy of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett – whose interests ranged from art, poetry, and music to natural conservation and organic agriculture – Bonnet House has nurtured eclectic interests for almost ninety-five years. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, and the same can be said of our volunteer opportunities, with a variety of ways in which they can serve, to suit everyone’s skills and talents. Volunteers can serve as Lead Guides, sharing the Bonnet House story as they guide visitors through a tour of the main residence, or they can serve as Education Volunteers, promoting Bonnet House’s educational missions. There are wonderful opportunities for Back-Up Guides, assisting the Lead Guides, and for Nature Trail Interpreters, who share historical, environmental and botanical facts with the visitors. Other volunteer opportunities available include Bridge Greeters, who welcome visitors and provide directional information; Courtyard Coordinators, who check admissions and monitor the courtyard to ensure proper flow; Museum Shop Assistants, who help maintain control and oversee items in the Gift Shop; Collections Volunteers, who work with the Curator in the care and maintenance of archives; Research and Library Volunteers, who create the Bartlett’s book collection; and Data Input Volunteers, who compile and input data in various formats for events and files.

A visit to South Florida is truly not complete without the unforgettable and highly educational experience shared at beautiful, historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information about becoming a volunteer, and helping our visitors enjoy the uniqueness of this architectural jewel, and its fascinating story that spans and parallels a wide swath of American history, please call (954) 703-2606 or visit www.bonnethouse.org/opportunities – we look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you.

Bonnet House’s Popular Birding Classes Return in September!

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BirdWatchersA recent survey from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reported that one in five Americans has an active interest in bird watching. If you’re one of the many who enjoy the infinite beauty and variety of our winged friends in South Florida, the next few months will provide you with a great deal of joy at the beautiful Bonnet House Estate. Our extremely popular Birding Classes return, led by birder extraordinaire Paddy Cunningham, who has been a professional Naturalist in South Florida for over two decades. The first of the individual Birding Classes, “Hawks Galore,” will take place Sunday, September 20 from 2pm to 5pm. Subsequent classes, also taking place on Sundays from 2pm to 5pm, will be held on November 8 (“Ascend to Better Birding”), January 10 of 2016 (“Birding by Season”), and March 6 of 2016 (“Birding by Ear & Habitat”). The cost of Birding Classes is $20 for Bonnet House Members, and $25 for non-members. To register, call the Bonnet House Education Department at (954) 703-2606. Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.