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, September 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m to noon
Participate in this joint activity with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership to help clean up the Cannon River. The past six cleanups have resulted in approximately 109,900 pounds of trash and debris being removed from the Straight River, Cannon River, Shields Lake and Waterville area waterways. Since our first annual cleanup 1,476 people have worked more than 3,600 hours cleaning up the local rivers and lakes, making recreation more enjoyable and improving habitat for wildlife. Learn more about the work of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership here.

Meet at the entrance to the Lower Arboretum near Carleton's West Gym. Visit the on-line campus map if you need directions on finding this location. Bring your favorite pair of work gloves, or use a pair of ours. Long pants and closed toe shoes that can get wet and muddy are recommended.  This is a family friendly event; all children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  If attending on their own, children ages 14-17 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver before they can participate.

Getting to the meeting location:  Please note that Hwy 19 is closed just east of Carleton, and you must approach the meeting location from the west (through the Carleton campus if on foot or bicycle, or from the city of Northfield if by car.

Additional volunteer work event dates -

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, 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. 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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