Individuals and groups of volunteers can lend a hand in a variety of ways, such as planting trees for an Arbor Day event, mulching and watering gardens, or removing invasive species.

One-time and ongoing opportunities allow volunteers to work with trained MPRB employees to help maintain beauty within existing parks and gardens.

Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in joining an existing neighborhood garden group? Opportunities exist at Park Siding Park, Lake of the Isles Peavey Fountain, the Stevens Square Overlook Garden, and with the Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Minneapolis. Email for more information.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary
Regular opportunities include invasive plant removal and spring planting events.

JD River's Children's Garden
Opportunities are available for individuals and groups of volunteers to help prepare the garden for summer and fall, and water and weed during the summer. Email for more information.

Longfellow Gardens
Occasional Saturday volunteer opportunities throughout the summer months. For more information on the volunteer schedule, please contact Teresa Burton, MPRB Gardener, at

Loring Park Garden of the Seasons
Contact the Loring Garden Friends Hotline at 612-673-5395 for regular volunteer opportunities. Regular Tuesday and Saturday garden opportunities exist at Loring Park. View activities or email for more information.

Lyndale Gardens
Rose, Peace, Annual/Perennial, Butterfly/Hummingbird and the Perennial Trial & Border Gardens have regular Wednesday volunteer opportunities. View activities or email for more information.

Nokomis Naturescape

Ongoing volunteer opportunities include most Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm during the growing season. Email lead garden volunteer Vicki Bonk for more information.   

Additional Opportunities

Our urban forests and natural areas also provide rewarding educational and volunteer opportunities.

Email or call 612-313-7778 for more information.

Environmental Volunteers

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