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Youth volunteers

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Youth Service Opportunities

While most volunteers are over the age of 21, there are options for teens and youth to contribute at The Morton Arboretum.  

Youth Volunteer Program

The selection process will take place in April of each year. For more information contact youthvolunteers@mortonarb.org.

Youth entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the fall of 2021, who enjoy being outdoors, working with children, and/or gardening. The program is intended to be a multiple year experience as volunteers may return to the program each summer through high school. The season each year is June-August, with some branches serving optional fall weekends. Most branches have weekday daytime shifts, however the Naturalist branch offers weekend daytime shifts.

  • Naturalist: facilitate activities and interact with Children's Garden family visitors (new applicants may apply)
  • Gardener: assist in planting, maintaining and harvesting from trees and plants in the Children’s Garden (new applicants may apply)
  • Science Camp: interact with camp staff to deliver informal nature-based curriculum for summer science camp participants (open only to Youth Volunteers with at least one year experience)
  • Tree Monitor: Monitor trees for seasonal events like flowering, fruiting, and fall color to understand how to protect species from the impacts of  climate change (open only to Youth Volunteers with at least one year experience)


Scout Projects (Year Round)

  • We welcome a limited number of Eagle Scout and Gold Award Candidate projects annually. For more information contact volunteer@mortonarb.org 


Support for the Youth Volunteer Program is provided by U.S. Bank, BP, and International Paper.