Current volunteer opportunities

High School Student Service Hours -  Volunteer Workdays

We invite high school students, in need of service hours, to assist one of our Natural Resources Stewards manage invasive plants in our Natural Areas.  Registration is required.

Click here to register by completing our application and request dates/times (below) in the availability section of application. 

Dates / Times available: 

Saturday, March 21st - 1-4 pm. 

Friday, April 17th - 4-7pm. 

Saturday, April 18th - 1-4pm.


Children's Garden Volunteers - Wednesdays and Weekends 

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 April 2015. Children's Garden Volunteers must be 18+ years old, complete our training and pass a background check. 


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 available. Volunteers must be 18+ years old. Season runs all year - weather permitting. 


Bike Safety Patrol Volunteers - April - October 2015

Volunteers are sought to "ride the roads" and provide information and assistance to individuals and families biking at the Arboretum. Weekends, Wednesdays, and Bike Nights are especially busy times. Experienced bikers with their own bicycle and safety equipment, who are available for a minimum of two shifts per month, may apply for this assignment.  Flexible self scheduling available. Volunteers must be 18+ years old.  


Natural Area Volunteers

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:

Wetlands Group - Thursday evenings - 5:30pm- sunset.

Heritage Trail Group – Friday mornings – 8:30-11:30 am

Weekend Warriors – Every first and second Saturday of the month – 8:30-11:30am

Buckthorn Busters – Wednesday mornings - 8:30-11:30am

Tuesdays in the Tallgrass -  Tuesday mornings - 8:00-11:00am

Honeysuckle Happy Hour - Friday evenings - 2:00-5:00 pm.