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 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 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. Individual Shifts:  We offer shifts for individuals and small groups Wednesday mornings from 9am-12pm.  Become a regular volunteer with us or just come once to get outside and discover the great things we do!  These shifts will require a minimum of 3 participants to run, so if this minimum is not reached you will be notified by email a day in advance so that you may reschedule another shift. Tools and gloves are provided.  Sign up for these shifts by clicking on the date of the shift on the calendar below. (Volunteer shifts begin in April.)  You will receive an email upon signing up with more details.

2. Group Shifts: Group volunteer shifts are great for businesses, organizations, or school groups, with a minimum of 8 participants.  We provide all the tools, gloves, and water for your group.  Shifts are available Wednesday afternoons, or Thursday in the morning or afternoon.  Sign up for these volunteer shifts by clicking on the date you would like on the calendar below. (Volunteer shifts begin in April). Once confirmed you will receive an email with details about what to wear, where to meet, and staff contact information.

3. Corporate Team-Building Experience:  New in 2017!  We are now offering an exclusive experience to provide a team-building and community service opportunity for your workplace or corporate group. We will work directly with you to individually tailor the experience to your needs. The day begins with coffee and scones in the gardens, a garden or park tour, followed by team building and volunteer work experience. We provide a space for picnicking afterward or can connect you with lunch options. This unique experience is offered to your group for a financial contribution of $1000. This Corporate Team-Building Experience is best suited for groups of 10-30.  If your group is larger or smaller, please inquire about pricing in your discussion with the volunteer coordinators.  Your donation is a valuable investment in our youth and healthy programming. Click on the link below to register for this exclusive experience, offered Thursday and Friday mornings from 9am-12pm. Corporate Team-Building Registration Inquiry Form

Volunteer Registration Calendar