Existing volunteers can utilize our Maplewood Nature Center Volunteer Portal.
Come connect with nature!
Nature Center volunteers have a chance to meet other nature enthusiasts, learn how to protect our natural resources, and experience more nature 1st-hand. Volunteering is good for you, for your community, for nature, and best of all, it is fun!
How to Get Started
Adult volunteers must attend a new volunteer orientation and pass a background check. For youth volunteers and for more information, contact the Volunteer coordinator, Oakley Biesanz, by phone at 651-249-2173. You can fill out the Adult Application and Background Check (PDF) and send it to the Nature Center, or just contact the Nature Center with your interest We will get the process started.
Downloads & Links
- Adult Volunteer Application - Online Form
- Volunteer Background Check (PDF) - Form must be printed, filled out in pen, signed, and submitted to the Maplewood Nature Center before volunteering can begin. You can also pick up a copy of this form at the Nature Center.
Adult volunteer opportunities include:
- Citizen Science Monitor chooses:
- Monitoring bluebird boxes weekly, April through September
- Monitoring Frogs four evenings in the spring and early summer
- Invasive Plant Patrol, at least 14 hours for the season April through October
- Community Gardener: Gardens and works with kids at Edgerton Community Garden
- Friends Group Participant: Serves on the Friends of Maplewood Nature board or a committee to help support Maplewood Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves
- Gardener: Transplants wildflowers, weeds, collects wildflower seeds
- Nature Center Representative: Promotes the Nature Center at community events
- Open Space Monitor: Walks the trails and fill out a monthly report
- Program Aide: Helps to set up a program, hand out materials, and clean up
- Receptionist: Greets building visitors, orients them to displays and trails, answers phone
- Special Projects Person: Shares special skills such as photography, writing, and sewing
- Trail Guide: Works with small groups of kids by leading them on trail hikes
Youth volunteer opportunities include:
- Animal Care: Youth Volunteers can help take care of our live animals such as snakes, toads, salamanders, as well as fill the bird feeders; weekly commitment required
- Ages 11 through 14 required to volunteer with parent attendance, ages 15 through 18 requires signed permission slip
- Families can volunteer all together! Open space monitoring positions and special projects are available for families.
- Internships sometimes available for youth or college age volunteers
- Junior Volunteer program offered in the summer for ages 10 to 14
Call to see if partnering with the Nature Center and the City of Maplewood might be a good fit for your group! We've had:
- 3rd-grade scout groups
- College service groups
- Garden Clubs
- National Honors Society
- School groups
- And many others
Group opportunities include:
- Clearing hiking trails
- Collecting wildflower seeds
- Tree planting
- Weeding projects
- And more