Current volunteer opportunities


Children's Garden Volunteers 


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. Volunteers that enjoy working with young children and families and are willing to make a twice a month commitment to assist in the Children's Garden are encouraged to apply. Interview, training, and background check required.  Volunteers must be over 18+ years old and willing to make a twice a month commitment from April- October. Click here for more information. 


Collections and Display Gardens (April–October)


Volunteers are needed to work alongside a horticulturist in our collections and garden areas. Work includes weeding, mulching and pruning. Volunteers meet once a week during the gardening season on the same weekday morning each week. Most volunteer groups meet from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on designated weekdays only, not on weekends. Previous experience is not required. Volunteers must be over 18+ years old and willing to make a weekly commitment from April- October. Click here for more information.


Natural Area Volunteers ( Year-round and seasonal) 


Volunteers are needed to work with trained stewards on ecological restoration. The work includes cutting invasive brush, removing invasive plants, and collecting, cleaning, and sowing seed, all in the beautiful Arboretum setting. Volunteers in good physical condition, able to work off-trail in uneven terrain and in a variety of weather conditions are welcome. Volunteers must be over 18 years old and willing to make a sustained commitment. Click here to view a short video and learn about volunteer service in Natural Areas. Click here for more information. Groups with openings are listed below:


Wetlands Group: Mondays - 8:00-11:00 a.m. -  April-October

Evening Prairie: Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. - dusk  - mid-May - mid-August

South Savanna: Wednesdays - 1:30-4:30 p.m. -  April- October

Honeysuckle Happy Hour: Fridays  - 1:00-4:00 p.m. - Year-round

Saturdays in the Savanna: First and second Saturdays of the month - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Year-round.


Bike Safety Patrol Volunteers (Evenings and Weekends, May–October)


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, which 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. Click here for more information.