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Join our volunteer community to support the arboretum! We welcome young, old, and everyone in between to become a part of our valuable group of volunteers. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine as you weed a garden bed, maintain the trails, or lead a children’s activity. Whichever project you choose, know that you are contributing to this living legacy.

Volunteers who complete ten or more hours in a year are invited to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

Please contact the arboretum if you are interested in volunteering at the arboretum for any of the below projects or positions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Children’s Naturalist

This volunteer will lead field trips and scheduled Nature Clubs. Applicant should have education or experience supervising children ages 4 to 10 years old; maintaining control of as many as 20 children; guiding pre-written activities facilitating hands-on learning; and possess adequate knowledge of earth science and life science. Applicant should be available 1st and 2nd Fridays each month between 9 am and 4 pm.


Spend some quiet time in the sunny Vista Room sorting, labeling and shelving books. Come find some new titles to explore! Training is provided. Weekend librarians are needed to monitor the library and check books in and out to visitors. Schedule is flexible.

Parking Crew

Help direct parking for an event and attend the event for free! Please contact us for upcoming opportunities.

Event Staff

Be part of arboretum events by helping with setup, activities and packup. Plus, you can attend for free as volunteer! Please contact us for upcoming opportunities.

Tour Guide

Share your knowledge and enjoyment of the arboretum with others! Tour guides lead walking tours that cover arboretum history, collections, programs and mission. Training is provided.

Promotions Aid

Pick up some brochures and flyers when you visit the arboretum and distribute them around town.


Use the arboretum prairie and winter prunings to create floral works for all to admire! Refresh seasonal floral arrangements as needed and change out the kiosk and display case.

Research Assistant

Follow the growth of a tree from leaf out, blooming and leaf drop this year by signing up for the Tree Watch program. Volunteers will receive a packet of information about the tree species chosen for the project and a reporting form that lists the measurements, characteristics and phenophases (such as leaf out, flowering, fall color and seed dispersal) to observe.

Trail Keeper

If a walk is a part of your exercise regime, consider becoming a trail steward. By walking one of our trails every week or every two weeks you can report trail safety issues and observe trees and shrubs for disease or insect problems.


Release your tension as you pull weeds, or join us to clean up the gardens each spring!

Individuals, families and garden clubs can assist in maintaining our perennial beds and borders. This includes weeding, mulching, pruning, dead heading, spring and fall care, and monitoring plant health. Gardening experience helpful, but not necessary.


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill