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 (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 -

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 5:00 p.m to 6:30 p.m.
(plus possible collecting on October 14 depending on seed condition)

Help collect seeds for prairie 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. See the campus map if you need more information on our location.  PLEASE NOTE that with the Hwy 19 road construction you need to approach our office from the east if you are driving.  If you are walking or biking you can reach us by coming through the Carleton campus. 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!

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m to noon
Help remove buckthorn and other invading shrubs at the edge of Postage Stamp Prairie in the Upper Arboretum.  Postage Stamp is a true prairie remnant, never subject to agricultural crop use, and one of the most important areas in the whole Arboretum, even though it is tiny, only about 1/4 acre! Learn about the history of this special spot and help maintain it for the future. We recommend long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and closed toe shoes and socks. Meet at the bridge over Spring Creek just downhill from the Arboretum entrance at Second and Oak Streets.

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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