From November 22 to January 4, Illumination offers a holiday experience far beyond traditional twinkle lights, engaging your senses with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and voice, and vivid, electric colors throughout.
Illumination will be the largest event to date hosted by the Arboretum and hundreds of volunteers are needed to ensure its success. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, experience Illumination from a unique perspective, and support the mission of the Arboretum. Interested in volunteering? Complete our online volunteer application.
Special Event Volunteers
Seasonal Special Events may include summer concerts, indoor or outdoor exhibits, Fall Color 5K Run, Fall Color Festival, Winter events, Arbor Day Weekend Plant Sale, Ginkgo Restaurant events, and Arboretum Store promotional events. We are seeking volunteers who can make a one year commitment to supporting the Arboretum's seasonal special events.
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. Must be 18+years old. Volunteer workdays include: Meadow Lake -Tuesday mornings-8:30- 11:30am, East Prairie Group – Thursday mornings– 8:30-11:30 am, Heritage Trail Group – Friday mornings – 8:30-11:30 am, Weekend Warriors – Every First Saturday of the month – 8:30-11:30am, Buckthorn Busters – Wednesday mornings - 8:30-11:30am, Must be 18+ years old.