Environmental Volunteers

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.

Arbor Day Event Volunteer Opportunities

There are a variety of ways you can help with our April 27th Arbor Day Event at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

  • Tree Planting Escorts:
    • 10 -12 positions, 4-7 pm.
    • Lead tree planting volunteers, adults and children, to planting zones at ½-hour intervals.
    • Planting starts at 4:30.
  • Game Zone:
    • 3 - 6 positions, 4-8 pm.
    • Monitor the game zone and lead family friendly games: Life-size Kubb and Checkers, and the Sawdust Penny Hunt.
  • Nature Play:
    • 2 - 3 positions, 4-8 pm.
    • Monitor children’s activities in the nature play zone.
  • The Arborist Experience:
    • 9 positions, 4-8 pm.
    • Assist MPRB arborists with the following activities: tree bucket truck rides, the climbing station challenge and the throw line launch.

To sign-up email sbrooks@minneapolisparks.org or call 612-313-7778.

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 volunteers@minneapolisparks.org 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 volunteers@minneapolisparks.org 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 tburton@minneapolisparks.org.

Loring Park Garden of the Seasons

Saturday morning gardening with the Friends of Loring Park. For more information email volunteers@minneapolisparks.org or call the Loring Garden Friends Hotline at 612-673-5395.  

Lyndale Gardens

Help us tend the Rose, Peace, Annual/Perennial, Butterfly/Hummingbird and the Perennial Trial & Border Garden. Email volunteers@minneapolisparks.org

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 volunteers@minneapolisparks.org or call 612-313-7778 for more information.

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