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.

Arboretum Volunteer Work Events

Seed collecting
Volunteer Work Events:
Generally the third Saturday of the month (excepting January, June and December).
 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. We also plan other work events on an "as needed" basis.


Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - noon: Help protect newly planted trees from the ravages of deer and rabbits over the winter!  These native Arb mammals need to eat something, but we prefer it not be our newly planted trees. We will be doing maintenance on the tree tubes that protect the stems and adding a small paper bag to the growing tip if the trees have grown taller then the protective tree tube. Meet in the Upper Arb at the bridge over Spring Creek on the paved trail, just down hill from the intersection of Oak and Second Streets. This entrance is near the tennis courts at the edge of Bell Field. This event will proceed even in a light rain, but cancelled if a heavy downpour. No notice will be sent out, use your own judgement.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:30 a.m. - noon:
Help plant hickory nuts to add this species to our new tree plantings. We have over 1,000 nuts to plant, but it should not take too long if we get enough of you squirrels to assist! Meet at the Arb office, 710 Three Oaks Drive. We suggest boots with good ankle support and long sleeves, and a water bottle.  We will provide gloves. We may host a second planting day on Monday, October 30, 9:00 - 11:30, if we don't finish the planting this day.


Future Work Events:
November 18, 2017, Activity to be determined.

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