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.

2016 Seed Collecting, Wednesday evenings through September.
Evening is a beautiful time on the prairie!  Join us to collect seeds for future prairie plantings and learn a few plants each week.  Wear long sleeved shirt and long pants, closed toe shoes and socks.  We supply the collecting gear.  Meet at the Arboretum office - see map below.  Our meeting time changes over the summer based on sunset times. Cancelled if raining at or within two hours before the start time.

September 21, 5:30 p.m. Seed Collecting
You may have noted that the mosquitoes are especially bad this year...Please dress accordingly and bring your bug spray of choice.  We suggest long sleeves and pants, closed toe shoes and socks, and a BUGNET for your head if you have one.  We will supply thin gloves that protect your hands but still provide dexterity for clipping seed heads. Cancelled if raining at or within two hours before the start time.

Future Seed Collecting Dates

September 28: 5:30 p.m.

October: Additional dates may be set if we determine more seed is needed!  Check back to see our plans.

Other Work events in 2016 (generally the third Saturday of each month)
Future work event dates - get them on your calendar now!  All are from 9:00 a.m. to noon

October 15 -As part of Carleton's 150th year celebration help us plant new silver maple and get our existing  young trees ready for the winter. We need to protect small trees from winter browse by deer by placing a "bud cap" on the growing tip. We hope you will sign up for a one hour shift on this busy weekend. We can accommodate a limited number of volunteers at each shift, so sign up early to get the shift of your choice. Shift sign up will be made available by October 1, please check back then!

November 12 (note that this is the second Saturday of the month) Activity TBD.


Meeting Locations-Arb Office and Upper Arboretum

We generally 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 at 2nd and Oak Streets, 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