Volunteer Activities

Volunteers provide assistance to the Arboretum in many ways. Some volunteers participate in scheduled work days, working with a group to complete projects such as invasive species control, trail maintenance, collecting seed or planting trees or shrubs. These events are generally hosted on the third Saturday of each month. Other volunteers select independent projects and may conduct a bird or plant inventory, monitor a rare species, or lead field trips. If you would like to offer your time or expertise, please contact Arboretum Director Nancy Braker or attend one of our group events. We send out announcements and reminders of our activities, so please let us know if you would like to be on our email distribution list.

Future Arboretum Volunteer Work Events

Arboretum Volunteers
Volunteer Work Events:
Generally the third Saturday of the month (excepting January, June and December).
Volunteer in the Arboretum!  Work events are generally held on the third Saturday of the month, and commonly include activities such as tree planting, seed collecting or removing invasive plants.  Specific project and meeting location will be announced in advance of the event.  Check the calendar for details.  We also plan other work events on an "as needed" basis.

Work events in 2016 (third Saturday of each month)

May 14: 6:00 - 8:30 a.m. Join us for our annual spring bird count.  Each year we count all the birds we see and hear at numerous stops throughout the Lower Arboretum.  Over time we are able to better understand the contribution of the Arboretum to local bird habitat and better manage the Arboretum to maintain bird populations.  You don't have to be an expert birder to help out - even if you only know the call of the Chickadee or the honk of the Canada Goose, you can help by recording data and perhaps learn a few new calls! Meet at the Arboretum Office and return there for hot drinks, treats, and bird stories.

May 21:  9:00 a.m. - noon
Help maintain our young tree plantings. Each tree is guarded with a hard plastic tube until tall enough to avoid browse by deer and rabbits.  We need to replace some of the tubes, take them off of trees that are tall enough, or remove them from trees that have (sadly) died.  Wear long pants, closed toe shoes and socks, and clothes that can get grubby. We will provide tools and work gloves.  Meet at the bridge over Spring Creek along the paved trail, just down the hill from the Arboretum entrance at the intersection of Second and Oak Streets.  Youth are welcome but a parent/guardian must accompany them to the beginning of the event to sign a liability waiver.  Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Future work event dates - get them on your calendar now!  All are from 9:00 a.m. to noon

July 16
August 20
September 17 (River Cleanup with Cannon River Watershed Partnership)
October 15
November 12 (note that this is the second Saturday of the month)


Meeting Locations-Arb Office and Upper Arboretum

We ask volunteers to meet up with us at one of two locations: the Arboretum Office, and the bridge over Spring Creek. The bridge over Spring Creek is located near the Arboretum entrance on 2nd street, near the Carleton College Tennis courts. On this map, if you zoom out until two marked points are visible, the upper marker denotes the Arboretum Office, and the lower marker denotes the Spring Creek bridge.

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  • Arb Office
    44.4667913579066, -93.1490941643551
  • Upper Arb Volunteer Meeting Location
    Second Street
    Oak Street
    Northfield, MN 55057
    44.459210728367, -93.1468357443646