The UW-Madison Arboretum offers volunteers opportunities that span from horticulture to ecological restoration projects, as well as ambassador and visitor center positions.
Whether you have an hour or 10 to give, we are happy to place volunteers on projects large and small. Opportunities fall in one of the following three categories: office and administration assistance, special events (often on evenings and weekends), and watershed projects* (i.e. beach clean ups, storm drain stamping). Regular volunteer opportunities and one-time events are available.
Garden Work Hours are when anyone, regardless of experience, can stop out at the F.H. King garden in the Eagle Heights Community Gardens to help out. During these hours there will be someone from F.H. King present to help volunteers work on various tasks. We prefer that volunteers come out for a minimum of 2 hours, but realize that the school year is a busy time and appreciate what you can give. Volunteers do various garden tasks from harvesting to weeding, and it’s also a fun time to meet and socialize with other F.H. King volunteers, employees or interns.
REAP is building a regional food system that is healthful, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable. REAP is committed to projects that shorten the distance from farm to table, support small family farmers, encourage sustainable agriculture practices, preserve the diversity and safety of our food supply and address the food security of everyone in our community.
Help Community GroundWorks maintain and enhance restored woodlands, edible landscapes, and prairie; teach low income youth about gardening and nutrition, and assist with production and harvest on our organic farm! Whether you join us to burn the prairie in the spring, weed and mulch in the summer, or enjoy the fruiting edible landscape in the fall, there are plenty of opportunities to help out and to learn about the work at Troy Gardens and our other locations. Fill out a volunteer interest form.
Friends of the Dane County Farmer’s Market strives to make fresh local food available to everyone. To help achieve our goal we set up the FoodShare Program at the Dane County Farmer’s Market. The FoodShare Program allows families and individuals to buy Farmers’ Market products with their Quest cards (or food stamps). Volunteers are needed each Saturday of the Dane County Farmers’ Market all year-round. Services are available at the Saturday market on the Capitol Square, at the Wednesday market on MLK JR Boulevard, and during the winter markets at the Monona Terrace and the Madison Senior Center. Volunteers run the EBT machine at the info booth, handing out Market Dollars to participants after Quest cards are scanned. Volunteers then redeem Market Dollars from vendors after they are spent.
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Created in 1983, the People for Parks program encourages citizens to take an active role in the maintenance and enhancement of our parks. Donated funds for specific projects are matched, allowing increased flexibility. Contributions of parkland, benches and trees have enhanced our parks. Stewardship efforts are visible through Earth Day clean ups, tree mulching, hiking trail repair, planting and weeding gardens, prairie seed collecting and assistance at special events. These activities involve individuals, community organizations, businesses, school groups and neighborhood associations throughout the community.
Madison Parks offers numerous opportunities, coordinated by Parks staff and volunteer groups, throughout the year to help make our parks more beautiful.
The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is designed to engage, educate, and empower the next generation of stewards of the land for a healthy, happy, and sustainable future.
The Sierra Club Wisconsin’s voice for the nation’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Volunteer needs include office work, website maintenance and organization, social media administrators, and completing Sierra Club work hours for Community Shares of Wisconsin.
Henry Vilas Zoo is dedicated to exceptional animal care and conserving wildlife through local engagement and global partnerships. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in guest services, conservation education, events crew, and group volunteer opportunities.
Friends of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy was originally created to prevent the construction of two proposed sewers through the conservancy and has since shifted to restoring habitat and educating the public about its resources. There are many volunteer opportunities including restoration, education, accessibility and use, and special events.
Friends of Lake Wingra came together in 1998 with an interest in improving the health of Lake Wingra through coordinated watershed management and by engaging the watershed community in stewardship of the lake and its watershed. Volunteers can participate in invasive plant control or organize a storm drain stenciling team.
The Madison Audubon Society was 100% run by volunteers up until around 2010 and now they have a small working staff but they are still heavily reliant on volunteers who are interested in helping them achieve their goal of protecting local habitat, teaching the youth, and conserving local bird species.
Madison Environmental Group is a consulting firm dedicated to assisting businesses and individuals with innovative resource and cost saving solutions in order to achieve a healthy community and environment
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is committed to connecting people who want to help with meaningful opportunities to make a lasting impact on Wisconsin’s lands, waters, wildlife, and future stewards. Opportunities include volunteering in State Natural Areas, State Parks, Citizen-based monitoring, or assisting in the office.
Midwest Environmental Advocates is a non-profit environmental law center defending public rights, protecting natural resources, and ensuring transparency and accountability in government. Volunteer opportunities depend on your skills and interests but they can range from easy office tasks to professional, pro bono attorney support.
Fair Share is a non-profit that is dedicated to a future where all families have access to locally-produced, organic food from small family farms. There are opportunities to volunteer in administrative, marketing, and outreach/communication roles as well as special events such as Bike the barns, Find Your Farm, and more.
The Center for Resilient Cities has developed a model that creates sustainable, thriving neighborhoods through community engagement, connected systems, and restorative environmental design. Volunteer opportunities include maintaining natural areas, preparing and serving meals, or being a front desk greeter.
The Lakeshore Nature Preserve is a 300 acre preserve located on the northwest side of campus along the free 80 bus route. Volunteers are vital to the success of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve’s mission of maintaining a clean and safe preserve, improving biological diversity, preventing erosion, and increasing our knowledge to help improve land stewardship. Volunteer tasks include removing invasive species, maintaining trails, cleaning fire circles, conducting surveys and collecting data, as well as collecting, sowing, and planting native seeds.
Help us care for some of our state’s most pristine public lands – State Natural Area. Encourage native plant and animal communities to thrive by cutting brush, pulling and spraying invasives, collecting seeds, monitoring rare species and preparing fire breaks. Show up for a day or become a steward responsible for all volunteer activities at a SNA – any level of participation is encouraged.