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!

Adult Volunteers

Some 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-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, sewing
  • Trail Guide: Works with small groups of kids by leading them on trail hikes

Youth Volunteers

  • Animal Care Youth Volunteers can help take care of our live animals such as snakes, toads, salamanders, as well as fill the birdfeeders. Weekly commitment required.
    • Ages 11-14 required to volunteer with parent attendance, ages 15-18 requires signed permission slip
  • Families can volunteer all together! Open space monitoring positions and special projects are available for families.
  • Junior Volunteer program offered in the summer for ages 10-14.
  • Internships sometimes available for youth or college age volunteers.

Volunteer Groups

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, school groups, national honors society, college service groups, Garden Clubs, and many others.
  • Clearing hiking trails
  • Collecting wildflower seeds
  • Tree planting
  • Weeding projects
  • And more!

How to Get Started:

Adult volunteers must attend a new volunteer orientation and pass a background check. For youth volunteers, and more information contact the Volunteer coordinator, Oakley Biesanz, 651-249-2173. You can fill out the adult application and background check (below) and send it to the Nature Center, or just contact the Nature Center with your interest, and we will get the process started.

Downloads and Links

  • Adult Volunteer Application  (Online fillable form).
  • Volunteer Background Check (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).