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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

Help collect seed for our prairie restorations and learn how to identify a few wildflowers at the same time!  We have several plantings planned for this fall and have a lot of seed to collect. Meet at the Arboretum office for each of these events.  Evening is a wonderful time on the prairie to enjoy the cooler air, the beautiful light, and the companionship of other volunteers!

  • Tuesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 16, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (or until dark)
  • Tuesday, September 23, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (or until dark)
  • Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (or until dark)
  • Arb office location map


    Saturday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. - noon Cannon River Clean up in collaboration with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.  Meet at the parking lot at the entrance to the Lower Arboretum, near the West Gym. Wear clothes that can get grubby and wet including shoes or water sandals. There are many sharp objects in the river (glass, cans, fish hooks, mussel shells) and bare feet are highly discouraged. Help make the river a clean and safe place for plants, animals and you!
    Lower Arb Parking lot