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: Generally the third Saturday of the month (except 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.

Upcoming volunteer work event dates -

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9:00 a.m to noon (note that this is the second Saturday of the month)

Help protect newly planted trees from winter browsing by deer.  We will be "bud-capping", placing paper bags over the terminal buds of small oaks and other trees that have been planted over the past few years.  This protects them from browse by deer who apparently do not recognize that there is a tasty morsel inside. Once the terminal bud is above the height of a deer's mouth it is safe, but in the meantime we provide this over-winter protection. Meet at the bridge over Spring Creek just downhill from the Arboretum entrance at Second and Oak Streets.

Work events in 2016 (third Saturday of each month)
February 20
March 19
April 16 or 23 (depending on date of local Earth Day events0
May 21
July 16
August 20
September 17 (River Clean Up with Cannon River Watershed Partnership)
October 15
November 12 (note that this is the second Saturday of the month)


Arboretum Office Location

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