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

Volunteer Work Events: Third Saturday of the month 

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m to noon
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m to noon
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m to noon
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m to noon

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m to noon 

Volunteer in the Arboretum!  Work events are held on the third Saturday of every month, and commonly include activities such as tree planting and pulling invasive shrubs.  Specific project and meeting location will be announced in advance of the event.  Check the calendar for details. 


Seed Collecting: Wednesdays from July 29 to August 26

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:15 p.m to 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 6:00 p.m to
7:30 p.m.

Help collect seeds for prairie and forest restorations, and learn how to identify some wildflowers along the way!  The seeds will be planted in the fall in areas of the Arboretum that are being restored.

Meet at the Arboretum Office, 710 Three Oaks Drive.  This is a family-friendly activity.  A hat, closed-toe shoes with socks, and long pants are all recommended.  A long-sleeved shirt may also provide welcome bug protection! 


Volunteer Meeting Location

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