The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
"It's great to be a part of a committed effort to restore these areas, and it's rewarding to come back and enjoy the results of that work."
Ed Cable,
Natural Areas Volunteer

volunteer application

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  • Please note: Matthaei Botanical Gardens is not located within walking or easy biking distance from campus. It is also not on a UM or public bus route.

  •  Weekdays    Weekends
  • Ecoworkdays e-mail group: more information

    We host monthly stewardship events at the Arb (2nd Saturday) and Gardens (3rd Saturday) from 9 to noon. Activities include the removal of non-native invasive plants to help preserve our native ecosystems. Education, tools and snacks provided!
    No orientation required.

    Areas of interest:

    Please review this current list (opens in new window) of opportunities check your area(s) of interest:


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     Conservatory - full
     Collections - full
     Gaffield Children's Garden Team
    (Fridays, April - Oct, 9am - noon)
     Garden Team at Matthaei
    (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, April - Oct, 9am - noon)
     Garden Team at Nichols
    (Mondays & Fridays, April - Oct, 9am - noon)
     Greenhouse - full
     Weekend Weeders
    (Saturdays, May - August, 9am - noon)


    UM Student Only
     Cultivating Community
     Campus Farm
    Natural Areas
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     Restoration, Trails & Tree Care
     Prescribed Burn Crew
    (fall training required, weekdays, PM)
     Native Plant Gardens & Seeds
    (Weekly, AM/PM, Year round)

     Photography (full)

     Special Events

    Visitor Services
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     Conservatory Ambassador
    (Oct - Apr)
     Garden Ambassador
    (April - October)
     Michigan Solar (MiSo) House Ambassador
    (April - October)


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