Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Urban Roots! We are a small staff of dedicated individuals and youth interns managing and maintaining six urban gardens and several local park sites. Your participation is vital to helping us continue our successful  programming!  Our activities get people actively engaged outside while feeling connected as a team.  The experiences are great for workplace and corporate groups, organizations, school groups, and individuals. We offer three different types of volunteer experiences within our Conservation or Market Garden Programs during the spring and fall. See below for descriptions to choose the best experience for you or your team.

Programs to select from:

Market Garden: In the spring, help us prep our garden plots for the growing season, summer, help us weed and maintain our gardens,  and in the fall we’ll put our gardens to bed for the winter.  Get your hands dirty doing one or more of the following: laying and spreading compost, raking, weeding, cleaning out garden beds, planting and harvesting.

Conservation: In the spring, summer, and fall help restore our local parks by removing invasive species (like garlic mustard and buckthorn), installing native plants and collecting native seed. The parks that we focus on include Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, Swede Hollow, and the DNR Willowbrook Preserve.

Choose your volunteer experience:

1. For individuals:  During the growing season (April-October), we will be holding “Community Volunteer Day Saturdays,” once a month. Check our events page for detailed information as the work day gets closer.  Bring your family, friends, or small community group to spend the morning outside, bonding and giving back to the community!

2. For groups:  Get your group outside to build your team and give back to the community, all while feeling the benefits of being in nature and active right here in the city!   We provide a space for picnicking afterward or can connect you with lunch options.  We ask for a donation from groups if you are able.  Your donation is a valuable investment in our youth and healthy programming and covers staff time for your experience.  Our most popular shift times are either from 9-12pm or 12:30-3:30 Tuesday-Thursday.  We have some flexibility with this, so please inquire.  Sign up for your group volunteer experience by emailing jjandro@urbanrootsmn.org.

3. For schools: Try out our popular Service Learning program.  Service Learning differs from volunteering in that it is tied to curriculum and has deliberate reflection so that students are able to see the importance of their work experience in the bigger picture.  Our Service Learning Program is led by licensed teacher, Jaclyne Jandro, who will work with teachers in order to create an experience that either introduces or reinforces topics you are teaching in the classroom.  Get your Service Learning experience in motion by emailing jjandro@urbanrootsmn.org.