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

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6:00 a.m till 8:30 a.m.
Annual Spring Bird Count! all are welcome, regardless of skill level. Just know the call of the Chickadee or the honk of a goose?  You can help count those and learn a few other birds at the same time.  This annual counts visits 17 stops in the Lower Arboretum, tallying all birds seen and heard. Meet at the Arboretum office and return there afterwards for coffee, muffins and bird viewing stories.

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Want to spend all morning in the Arb? After the bird count, or instead of getting up early, join us to continue removing invading non-native shrubs from the forests of the Upper Arboretum.  Make the woods safe for wildflowers! We will be working to improve the health of the forests of the Arboretum by removing invasive species such as buckthorn, bush honeysuckle, and barberry. Learn why these plants are a problem and how to identify these invaders so you can remove them on your own property! Meet at bridge over Spring Creek along the paved trail, near the entrance to the Upper Arboretum at the intersection of Second and Oak Streets, near the Tennis courts.


Volunteer Meeting Location

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