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.

Wednesday Workdays
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Meet in the north side of the parking lot outside the New Science Center (where Abbey Arboretum/Outdoor U vehicles are parked).

Workday Sign-Up

We are excited to welcome volunteers back to our land projects this fall. No experience necessary! Please take into account the following precautions before you sign up:

  • Volunteers who are not current CSB/SJU students and staff have no access to campus buildings (bathroom facilities, dining, etc.).
  • All volunteers MUST wear masks and social-distance (6-feet from other volunteers).
  • Non-students must be prepared to drive themselves to the work site; we will caravan together.
  • We will provide any tools/gear needed for the project, but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Bring your own water bottle and leather gloves if you have them.

Prescribed Fire (spring and fall)

Prescribed fires help to replenish the nutrients in the soil and fend off invasive species. We will have various shifts with jobs for everyone! No experience is necessary to volunteer, but volunteers must be 18 years or older. More information about prescribed burns and a schedule of potential dates will be updated on the 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.