Fall foliage is not just a New England phenomenon. At the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, you can volunteer by working the gardens, patrolling the trails, and providing office assistance when the temperatures drop. Tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide for more information about this project as well as voluntourism projects around the world.
The Arboretum is more than just a pretty garden. It provides historic research site for ecological communities. Several years ago, the university decided to restore the location and bring back the plants and animals that once lived there.
Now the Arboretum comprises more than one thousand acres, plus 513 acres of outlining properties. The grounds includes tall grass prairies, savannas and wetlands. The Arboretum is also home to flowering trees, shrubs, and a world-famous lilac collection. Plus, you attend science and nature-based classes.
You can pitch in as a volunteer to help out and you don’t have to be an expert to volunteer. The program is open to everyone. Options include:
- The Habitat Restoration Team: By joining the team, you will get to work with the field staff on ecological projects
- Wisconsin Native Plant Garden: The plant garden program will allow you to weed, plant, and monitor the garden.
- Ecological Restoration Projects: The work is primarily on weekdays, and you will get to cut brush in restoration areas as well as removing invasive plants.
- Naturalist’s Assistant at Earth Focus Day Camp: This camp is open to children from pre-school up to middle school. Activities include hiking, art, and music. Volunteers must commit to one camp session in order to continue with the program.
- Propagation and Planting Assistants: You will get to collect and clean seeds, transplant, and plant the seeds in the restoration areas of the site.
To learn more about the benefits of the volunteer program, click here. If you would like to volunteer, contact the Arboretum volunteer office at (608) 262-5604 or e-mail the volunteer coordinator at email@example.com
Camilla Rambaldi for Petergreenberg.com