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 held on the third Saturday of every 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. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m to noon
Help us protect newly planted trees from hungry deer!  We will be installing tree tubes on trees planted this spring in the Lower Arboretum. We have 500 trees to protect, so the more help the better. We suggest you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and closed toe shoes.  We will provide work gloves if you need them.  Bring your own water bottle.  Meet at the Arboretum Office to car pool to the work site - see map below.  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 event will be cancelled if the weather is hazardous (thunderstorms or tornado watch) but will take place if raining.

Additional dates -
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 

 

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 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.  Meet at the Arboretum Office, 710 Three Oaks Drive, to car pool to the work site. 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! 

 

Arboretum Office Location

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