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

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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 April 22, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Entrance to the Lower Arboretum along Hwy 19, near the West Gym.

Help celebrate Earth Day with others in Northfield!  We will be planting maple trees to reforest former farm fields along the Cannon River. All equipment is provided, just dress for the weather. This activity goes on rain or shine but will be cancelled if hazardous weather (tornado warnings or lightening storm). No notice will be sent out, make your own judgement about weather conditions. Questions?  Email nbraker@carleton.edu

Consider joining other Earth Day volunteers for a full day of activities - find more information about local events at www.northfieldearthday.com

Saturday May 13th, 2017
6:00a.m.-8:00a.m.
Arboretum Office

Join us for our annual spring bird count.  Each year we count all the birds we see and hear at numerous stops throughout the Lower Arboretum.  Over time we are able to better understand the contribution of the Arboretum to local bird habitat and better manage the Arboretum to maintain bird populations.  You don't have to be an expert birder to help out - even if you only know the call of the Chickadee or the honk of the Canada Goose, you can help by recording data and perhaps learn a few new calls! Meet at the Arboretum Office and return there for hot drinks, treats, and bird stories.

Saturday May 20th, 2017

9:00 a.m. - noon
Arboretum trail-head kiosk in front of the Carleton Recreation Center

Forest restoration in the Upper Arb includes cutting buckthorn, bush honeysuckle, tree lilac and amur cork tree in one of our forest restoration areas in the Upper Arboretum. We may also collect seed from some of the early flowering forest species. All equipment is provided, just dress for the weather!  Meet at the Arboretum trail-head kiosk in front of the Carleton Recreation Center to walk to the site.  If you are running late that morning please come anyway – we will post signs to get to you to the right place.  This activity goes on rain or shine but will be cancelled if hazardous weather (tornado warnings or lightening storm). No notice will be sent out, make your own judgement about weather conditions. Questions?  Email nbraker@carleton.edu

Future Work Events:

July 15, 2017
August 19, 2017
September 16, 2017
October 21, 2017
November 18, 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