We Couldn't Do It Without You!
At the MN Landscape Arboretum, volunteers outnumber staff 5 to 1. Our 1,200 + acres are lovingly maintained by outdoor enthusiasts, expert societies, and those eager to learn something new. We offer many volunteer opportunities throughout the year, not just gardening! Whatever your interests, we have something for you.
Types of Volunteer Opportunities
- Education - This is the area in which we need the most dedicated, excited, and passionate volunteers to assist with our children's programming. Former teachers are encouraged to apply and additional training will be offered for each program.
- Clerical - As with most non-profits, we sell memberships and host events that help with our fundraising. Each year, several times a year, we send out large quantities of mail. This is perfect for anyone who prefers the indoors.
- Research Assistants - We're the home of the Honeycrisp, Sweet Tango, and First Kiss. In addition to our apple breeding programs, we have a robust trial garden of cold-hardy grapes and grow nearly 300 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squash annually. We need help maintaining these fields and sometimes collecting data.
- Event Helpers - Our two largest summer events are the annual Gala in the Gardens and Taste and Toast. The rest of the year, we host 5K walks, holiday markets, art fairs, and more. For every event, we ask for help with registration, greeters, and behind the scenes preparation.
- Art Department Helpers - Wendy DePaolis, our Art Curator, does an excellent job of preparing her volunteers to hang art shows, clean sculptures, act as docents for incoming exhibits, and to assist with Adult Art Education. Often, volunteers on Wendy's team get an opportunity to meet the artists that show their work at the Arboretum
- Membership - Customer service skills are an essential component to helping out at the Membership desk. You'll help guide interested people through the process of becoming a member and explaining all the benefits of membership, like our Reciprocal Gardens Program.
- Development - Do you love numbers and spreadsheets? Or maybe you have beautiful penmanship and like to write thank-you notices. Whatever you enjoy, our Development team would like to get to know you.
- Arboretum Ambassador Program - The Arboretum is quite large and can be overwhelming for new visitors. Our Ambassadors wear green vests, carry a radio, and are armed with maps, leaflets, and the knowledge they gain in our training program. If guests are lost, are wondering what there is to do, or just need guidance on how to get from one garden to the next, Ambassadors are there to help.
- Arboretum Guide Program - Arboretum Guides go through rigorous training every year to lead tours through our gardens. Some are Master Gardeners, but all have a passion for nature and teaching.
- Native Area Restoration - The Lake Tamarack property is multi-purpose with an emphasis
- Children's Garden - Located just outside the Learning Center, our Children's Garden and Greenhouse offer hands-on learning for the nearly 40,000 children served on our campus each year. When the children are not using the garden, we need help maintaining it. In the fall, that means a great harvest!
- All other Grounds/Gardens - We don't look this fabulous without some help! For the last few years, we've been the premier northern garden in the U.S. Our horticulturists and grounds crew work with hundreds of volunteers each year to plant beautiful displays for all to enjoy.
- The Red Barn Farm campus - COMING SOON As we create the Red Barn Farm area next to the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Center, we'll want your help building plots and offering educational programming.