Stride into Spring as a Steward

Arboretum naturalist Kathy Miner leads a tour as part of volunteer steward training, which takes to the field every spring. The prospective stewards are at the Arboretum’s Wingra Oak Savanna, where Kathy weaves natural history, historical stories, and poetry into her tour.

Arboretum naturalist Kathy Miner leads a tour as part of volunteer steward training, which takes to the field every spring. The prospective stewards are at the Arboretum’s Wingra Oak Savanna, where Kathy weaves natural history, historical stories, and poetry into her tour.

Winter can be gray and gloomy, or bright blue and enticing. As you read this you may have forgotten that spring will come, or you may be soaking up unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny days. Whatever the weather, if you enjoy experiencing it directly while tromping through the Arboretum, consider becoming a volunteer steward.

Stewards serve as goodwill ambassadors, sharing information about Arboretum programs and purposes, explaining rules, and helping lost visitors. Stewards also assist staff with monitoring trail conditions and phenology. Each steward patrols at least four hours per month, exploring each corner of the Arboretum and assisting visitors from across Madison and around the world.

Training is required, so register soon. This spring the training will take place over four days: March 20, April 2, April 10, and April 16. For more information and to register, contact Susan Carpenter at susan.carpenter@wisc.edu or 608.262.2445.

Steward Position Description

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