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Group Volunteer Opportunities

*COVID-19 IMPACTS: In the interest of public health and safety, we are cancelling all group eco-workdays until further notice. Please do not apply for a group opportunity at this time. Thank you for understanding.*

Volunteers representing community, corporate, and college groups contribute over 3,000 hours of service every year! Group service projects at the Arb and Gardens are a great way for members to team build, enjoy fresh air and exercise in a beautiful natural setting, and work together toward a common goal. Our staff provides education and training about the work at hand and explains how volunteer efforts support our mission and programs.

Let's do this!

Contact us and we’ll help your group find the perfect volunteering opportunity.

Community Eco-Restoration Workdays

All welcome! Help preserve our native ecosystems by joining us for monthly public stewardship eco-workday events at the Nichols Arboretum location (2nd Saturdays) and Matthaei Botanical Gardens location (3rd Saturdays) from 9 am–noon. Activities often include the removal of non-native, invasive plants. Fall/winter work involves the use of loppers and hand saws as well as cutting, dragging, and piling brush. Spring/early summer work primarily involves hand weeding. Since these events are open to the public we ask that group size be limited to 10 participants and pre-registration confirmed with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Private Workdays

Groups are welcome to coordinate a private workday at the Arb and Gardens during the week or weekend. Preferred times are 9 am–noon or 1–4 pm. Activities may include natural areas restoration, display garden maintenance, and other special projects. We prefer a minimum of 20 volunteers to schedule a private workday. Some exceptions can be made depending on the season and type of work.


What to Wear?

  • Dress for comfort and safety.
  • Wear layers and use sun protection, hats, etc.
  • Study close-toed shoes are required in all settings.
  • Long pants are suggested when working in natural areas to protect against potentially poisonous plants and wildlife.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water bottle or travel mug.

What about minors?

Volunteers under age 18 must request and submit a Youth Permission Form (PDF) prior to participation. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for all activities. Not all volunteer activities are suitable for younger volunteers—even with adult supervision.

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