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).
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. We also plan other work events on an "as needed" basis.

Wednesday Evenings August 16 through September 27, 2017.
Seed collecting for our forest and prairie restoration efforts. Meet at the Arboretum Office, 710 Three Oaks Drive. Wear long pants and closed toe shoes, a long sleeved shirt is recommended for bug protection.  We will supply needed tools and gloves but please bring your own water. Cancelled if raining- no notice will be sent out, use your own judgement.

Please note that all seed collecting events are scheduled based on seed being ready to harvest!  To be kept up to date of cancellations, please consider joining our volunteer email list by contacting Nancy Braker (nbraker@carleton.edu). We send out a notice a few days beforehand if we need to cancel.

August 16,  6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
August 23,  6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
August 30,  6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
September 6,  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
September 13,  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
September 20,  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
September 27,  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


August 19, 2017. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - noon
Activity to be determined, either seed collecting or invasive brush removal. Meet at the Arboretum Office, 710 Three Oaks Drive. Wear long pants and closed toe shoes, a long sleeved shirt is recommended for bug protection.  We will supply needed tools and gloves but please bring your own water. Cancelled if raining- no notice will be sent out, use your own judgement.


Future Work Events:

September 16, 2017, River Clean Up in coordination with Cannon River Watershed Partnership
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