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 that can be done on their own time. In addition to restoration tasks, they 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

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.

Upcoming Work Events:

November 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - noon. Bud Capping.
Join us to protect our young trees from the ravages of hungry deer over the winter!  We have many small oak trees that are not yet tall enough to avoid being munched and need protection.  We place a small paper bag over the growing tip of each tree, a "bud cap", that keeps the deer from realizing a tasty bud is inside!  Apparently the deer don't figure it out. Wear clothes appropriate to being outdoors all morning. Meet at the bridge over Spring Creek, along the paved trail, just downhill from the gated entrance at the intersection of Second and Oak Streets.  Cancelled if raining at the start of the event. We can not bud cap in the rain since the paper bags disintegrate. This is a kid friendly activity!

Future Work Events:

February 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon
March 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon
April 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon
May 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon
July 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon
August 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon
September 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon
October 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon
November 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - noon

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