Volunteer Steward and Team Leader Trainings

2015 team leader training work party.

2015 team leader training work party

Volunteer stewards and restoration team leaders play an important part in caring for the land, fostering engagement, and working with others. The Arboretum is offering training opportunities to join these essential corps of volunteers.


Stewards patrol trails four hours a month. They keep Arboretum lands safe and clean, track phenological sightings, and interact with visitors.


  • independently patrol the trails in all seasons
  • positively influence visitor experience
  • record trail conditions and visitor interactions after each shift
  • help protect the Arboretum

Training dates: March 31, April 6, April 13 (twenty hours total)
Application deadline: March 20

More information: Contact Stephanie Petersen, (608) 262-2746, smpetersen2@wisc.edu

Restoration Team Leaders

NOTE: Team Leader Training will be postponed due to a winter injury that has temporarily sidelined the program manager. If you’re interested in the training and want to be notified when it is rescheduled, please email marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Restoration Team Leaders supervise other volunteers at restoration work parties, making significant contributions to Arboretum land management.

Restoration team leaders:

  • lead and supervise volunteers at Saturday morning work parties
  • restore native ecosystems and improve habitat for wildlife and endangered species
  • keep accurate records and communicate with staff
  • develop professional leadership and land management skills

Training dates: To begin this summer, see NOTE (fifty hours total)
Application deadline: March 20
Cost: $100

More information: Contact Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214, marian.farrior@wisc.edu