Bike Safety Patrol Volunteers (Evenings and Weekends, April–October)
Volunteers are sought to "ride the roads" and provide information and assistance to individuals and families biking at the Arboretum. Weekends and Wednesdays are especially busy. Experienced bikers with their own bicycle and safety equipment, which are available for a minimum of two shifts per month, may apply for this assignment. Flexible self-scheduling is available. Volunteers must be 18+ years old.
Children's Garden Volunteers (Beginning April)
The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden is a magical place and is especially busy on Wednesdays and weekends. Volunteers monitor for safety at the front gate, at the water features, and throughout the Garden. Volunteers also guide children in games, educational programming, and crafts, and teach families about the natural world. Children learn best through playing in this engaging and award-winning environment. Commitment minimum of two shifts each month, to be arranged with the Children's Garden staff. Morning and afternoon shifts available starting in May. Children's Garden Volunteers must be 18+ years old, complete our training and pass a background check.
Collections and Display Gardens (April–October)
Volunteers are needed to work alongside a horticulturist in our collections and garden areas. Work includes weeding, mulching, and pruning. Volunteers meet once a week during the gardening season on the same weekday morning each week. Most volunteer groups meet from 8:30 am – 11:30 am on designated weekdays only, not on weekends. Previous experience is not required. Volunteers must be over 18+ years old and willing to make a weekly commitment from April- October.
Natural Area Volunteers (April–October)
Invasive Plants grow and spread rapidly, crowding out native trees, wildflowers, and plants we want to establish in collections areas. Volunteers in good physical condition, able to navigate uneven terrain, and work in all weather conditions are welcome to join one of our work groups below. Volunteers must be 18+ years old and willing to make a weekly commitment from April- October.
Trail Patrol Volunteers (Evenings and Weekends)
Sixteen miles of trails provide lots of options for exploring the Arboretum in all seasons. Trail Safety Patrol volunteers walk the trails, interact with visitors, give directions and information, and provide a visible and friendly presence for all Arboretum hikers. Trail Safety Patrol volunteers commit to volunteering a minimum of two shifts each month. Requirements include physical stamina, ability to walk on uneven terrain throughout their shift, attendance at safety and First Aid training (provided) and use of a communications radio. Flexible self-scheduling is available. Volunteers must be 18+ years old. The season runs all year - weather permitting.
To ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors, and organization, we would like to remind you that volunteers must meet assignment-specific age requirements in order to participate in our volunteer program. Furthermore, volunteers may not bring children/dependents for whom they are responsible for to volunteer assignments, as doing so presents liability concerns for our organization.
In addition, it is required that all interested applicants complete an interview prior to participating in any volunteer assignments— this step must be completed in order to best align your volunteer interests with the needs of our volunteer program.