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.

COVID 19 Safety Precautions for Upcoming Work Events:

We are now able to offer small group activities for our volunteers.  All events will be limited to 9 volunteers who must preregister. Volunteers will be expected to bring a mask with them to be used if 6 feet of distance can not be maintained.  We will walk to our work sites from one of the Arboretum parking areas. Volunteers will be asked to bring their own hand tools and to submit a signed waiver of liability to Arboretum Staff ahead of time. Please note that no entry to the Arboretum Office will be permitted so take care of all your personal needs (bathroom and drinking water) before you come!

If you are interested in an independent project please contact Arboretum Director Nancy Braker (nbraker@Carleton.edu)

Future Work Events:

October 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - noon. Protect young trees from deer browse. Our young tree plantings are at risk of winter browse by hungry deer in the winter. Help prevent this by placing small paper bags over the tip of each tree - making them invisible to the deer! Bring your mask, a small pair of scissors, and a stapler with plenty of staples. You will be required to register and submit a signed waiver of liability ahead of time.  Information about the meeting location will be sent to registered volunteers prior to the date. Register here for this event.

November 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - noon. Details 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