About Us

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About Friends of Noelridge

The Friends of Noelridge Greenhouse and Park are a group of volunteers from Cedar Rapids and neighboring communities who assist the greenhouse staff. Our volunteers have a wide variety of skills that are matched to a need in the greenhouse or park.

Our primary task is to propagate and nurture the 60,000 plants that are found in all of the public spaces in Cedar Rapids. In addition, volunteers provide leadership in many of the educational events that occur at the park and greenhouse. Volunteers lead tours for community organizations and school groups, assist the public during open house events, and help with maintenance and improvements in the gardens.


The friends of Noelridge Park, Greenhouse, and Botanic Center, Inc. are volunteers who work with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department professionals to further the beauty that is Noelridge Park and to provide educational opportunities for citizens of all ages who care about and wish to further the legacy of Noelridge Park.


  1. To enhance the attractiveness and usefulness of the park, greenhouse, and botanical center to the residents of the area and to visitors.
  2. To increase the knowledge of members, students and guests in the art and science of horticulture.
  3. To develop an understanding and appreciation of the plant kingdom by young people of the community.



The Friends of Noelridge is also a 501c Organization, overseen by a board of volunteers who seek to provide resources that support the work of the Noelridge Greenhouse and Park.

Board of Directors

President - Becki Lynch

Vice President - Cindy Garlock

Secretary - Mary Moore

Treasurer - Esther Olson

At Large - Sona Christensen

Volunteer Coordinator - Diane Stevens

Registered Agent - Andrew Oswalt