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.  Our meeting time changes over the summer based on sunset times. Cancelled if raining at or within two hours before the start time.

August 17: 6:00 p.m.
August 24: 6:00 p.m.
August 31: 6:00 p.m.

September 7: 5:30 p.m.
September 14: 5:30 p.m.
September 21: 5:30 p.m.
September 28: 5:30 p.m.

Brush Removal From Stork Forest, Saturday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. - noon

We have removed most of the buckthorn from this patch of forest, but now have the non-native tree lilac to contend with.  If it is not one thing it's another!! This is the oldest forest restoration in the Arb, dating to the 1930's.  Unfortunately Arboretum founder Harvey Stork planted a few things that turned out to be problems - including buckthorn and tree lilac. Help make the forest safe for the spring wildflowers by removing this small tree that casts too much shade.

Wear long sleeved shirt and long pants, closed toe shoes and socks. We supply the gloves and equipment. Meet at the bridge over Spring Creek in the Upper Arb, just down the hill from the intersection of Oak and Second Streets. We can work in a drizzle, but cancelled if heavy rain or lightening.

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

September 17 (River Cleanup with Cannon River Watershed Partnership)
October 15 - Protect young trees from winter browse by deer by placing a "bud cap" on the growing tip.
November 12 (note that this is the second Saturday of the month)


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