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:
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.

Saturday, November 12th, 2016 (note this is the second Saturday of the month)
9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Arboretum entrance on Canada Avenue, near the Iron Bridge

Come spend the morning bud-capping and doing tree tube maintenance in the lower Arboretum to protect our young trees from hungry deer!

Meet at the Lower Arboretum entrance near the Iron Bridge at 9:00 a.m. To get there from Northfield, take Hwy 19 East for 1/2 mile past the Carleton campus to Canada Avenue. TUrn left (north) and follow Canada Ave north along the eastern edge of the Arboretum for about a mile. The parking area is on the left (west) is just before you get to the bridge over the Cannon River.

If you do not have transportation from Carleton's campus to this event please RSVP to Matthew Elbert (melbert@carleton.edu) to schedule meeting him at the Arboretum Office. Deadline for RSVP is Wednesday, November 9th.

Wear close-toed shoes and long pants, bring a water bottle and the layers that you need to dress for the weather. Make sure that all clothing you bring are things that can get dirty.

Work gloves and equipment are provided.

Canada Avenue NE Entrance

Future Work Events:

February 18, 2017
March 18, 2017
April 15, 2017
May 20, 2017

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