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The Visitor Center remains closed as we work through operational needs to provide safe and welcoming access for all staff, volunteers, and visitors. Check back for reopening information soon. Some outdoor in-person events have resumed – please see event listings for outdoor and virtual events, and COVID-19 updates for current information about Arboretum operations.

Dedicated volunteers ensure the continued success of the Arboretum’s ecological communities, gardens, and outreach programs. There are countless ways volunteers can get involved at the Arboretum. We have opportunities for individuals, families, and groups. New volunteers are always welcome to participate.

Volunteers can help with ecological restoration, gardening, plant propagation, summer day camp, Friends of the Arboretum–sponsored events, citizen science, and Visitor Center services. While volunteers provide the Arboretum with essential people-power, skills, and contributions, volunteers enjoy many benefits including:

  • Knowledge of Wisconsin native plants, animals, and ecosystems
  • Resumé-worthy real-world experience in ecological restoration, horticulture, and environmental education
  • Working side-by-side with Arboretum experts in gardening, land care, horticulture, and outreach
  • Making a difference at a renowned teaching and research facility
  • Meeting people with similar interests
  • Working outdoors in a beautiful place
  • Celebrating volunteer achievements at the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception

Follow the sidebar links to read more about dropping in to help at Restoration Work Parties, applying for longer term Volunteer Positions, or setting up a Group Service Project.