How to Become a Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Volunteer

Our volunteers play a vital role in the Arboretum's success, contributing their time, skills and energy every day. Opportunites to work with plants and people abound - in gardens and greenhouses, with school visits or special events, in research labs and the mail room. Join in, meet new people, learn new things and help the Arboretum keep growing.

Signing up to volunteer at the Arboretum is a self-directed process. Find out if it's the right fit for you by following these THREE easy steps.


Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page. Once you have carefully read the entire FAQ document, please proceed to STEP TWO.


Review the upcoming New Volunteer Orientation schedule by CLICKING HERE. Once you have selected an orientation date you would like to attend, be sure to follow the link in the document to register online.



Attend your selected orientation where you will complete your official application and learn all about being a Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Volunteer!
After you attend orientation, submit all required forms and documents, and complete a background check (we'll walk through all these things with you at your orientation), you will be ready to begin applying for volunteer opportunites!  There is a $40 new volunteer application and processing fee.  This one time fee helps us cover costs so we may focus our funding on research, education and conservation.

Click here to preview current volunteer opportunities in advance of orientation.


Additional Information

  • If you have read the Frequently Asked Questions page and still have questions, please contact the Volunteer Center at or 612-301-1203




Becoming a Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Volunteer

Our volunteers play a vital role in the success and maintenance of the MN Landscape Arboretum and its beautiful gardens.  Without volunteers the Arboretum could not be the premier public garden that it is!

  • We are engaged with over 700 volunteers, some participate year round in a wide range of roles.
  • Arboretum volunteers donate on average over 44,000 hours of their valuable time each year!
  • By joining the ranks of current volunteers, you too can contribute to the Arboretum with your time and talents. Volunteers support us in many ways, including memberships, donations, and skills.


Thank you for your interest in a volunteering at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum!