Volunteer with us!

Saint John's Outdoor University and the Abbey Arboretum rely on a dedicated crew of volunteers for all of our work. For most jobs, experience is not required, but enthusiasm and an interest in the environment definitely are!

Have a group interested in service-learning? Sign up for one of the opportunities below or contact us for other options.

Join the Volunteer Email List (best way to learn about all volunteer opportunities)


Abbey Conservation CorpsLand Stewardship

Record Abbey Conservation Corps Volunteer Hours
(NOT maple syrup hours! See below for maple syrup)

Be part of a team donating time, talent, and treasure to land stewardship projects in the 2,944-acre Abbey Arboretum. As part of the growing Abbey Conservation Corps, participate in land stewardship projects such as: tree planting/care, invasive species removal, prescribed fire, trail maintenance and more.

Thursday Workdays - postponed until further notice
1:15-3:30 p.m.

Workday Sign-Up

Prescribed Fire (spring and fall)

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Prescribed Fire web page during the burn season (typically April-May and Oct-Nov). 

Burn Volunteer Sign-Up


Saint John's Maple SyrupSaint John's Maple Syrup

We will not call for volunteers for the maple syrup operation through Apr 14, 2020.

Maple Syrup Season Information Enter Maple Syrup Volunteer Hours

Hundreds of volunteers make the Saint John's Maple Syrup operation possible each spring. Help with anything from tapping trees, collecting sap, cooking syrup or washing buckets to working at a Maple Syrup Festival or assisting with education activities. The volunteer season for syruping is typically in March and April.


Saint John's Outdoor UEducation & Program Support

Be in the center of it all and sign up to help with a number of community events, lead tours, or help with preK-12 field trips.

Or stay more in the background and write articles for Sagatagan Seasons, take photos for events or marketing, or assist with grant-writing and fundraising.


Minnesota Master NaturalistVolunteer Training

For most volunteer opportunities, no experience is required and training can be provided the day of. But if you enjoy learning about the natural world, sharing knowledge with others and support conservation, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. Saint John's Outdoor U typically hosts one of the 40-hour classes annually and there are many additional training opportunities throughout the state.