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.

Seed Cleaning
Now that the harvest is in we need help cleaning, packaging and completing a seed inventory.  All events take place at the Arboretum Office. Come for all or part of these events. Please register for each event so that we have enough supplies on hand and we can let you know if plans change.  Click on the date(s) you want to register for.

Monday, December 4, 2017, 1:30 - 4:00
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 9:30 - noon
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1:30 - 4:00
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 9:30 - noon


Future Work Events:
February 17, 2018
March 17, 2018
April 21, 2018
May 19, 2018
July 21, 2018
August 18, 2018
September 15, 2018
October 20, 2018
November 17, 2018

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