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.

Future 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 February 18th, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm
Arboretum trail-head kiosk in front of the Carleton Recreation Center

Looking for a way to get out in the Arboretum this winter?  Join us for our winter work events, to be held on our regular third Saturday of the month, February 18 and March 18, 9:00 a.m. to noon.  We will be cutting buckthorn, bush honeysuckle and amur cork tree in one of our forest restoration areas in the Upper Arboretum. 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.  Questions?  Email nbraker@carleton.edu

Saturday March 18th, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm
Arboretum trail-head kiosk in front of the Carleton Recreation Center

We will be cutting buckthorn, bush honeysuckle and amur cork tree in one of our forest restoration areas in the Upper Arboretum. 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.  Questions?  Email nbraker@carleton.edu



Future Work Events:

April 15, 2017
May 20, 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