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Earth Day Clean Up Volunteers

Age Requirement: Ages 5 - adult
Time Commitment: 9 a.m. - noon on Saturday, April 26
Mandatory Training: None
Register: Call 651-407-5350 or email tamarack@co.ramsey.mn.us​

Make a difference this Earth Day by helping us keep Tamarack clean and inviting for both people and wildlife. This volunteer activity is open to friends, families, groups, and organizations. You should wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

Garden Tenders

Age Requirement: Adults & older teens (kids under 15 need to accompanied by an adult)
Time Commitment: Early March through late October; weekdays and weekends available; 1-3 hour shifts
Training: Provided on-the-job
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process; able to bend, dig, and lift; commit to a minimum of 1 volunteer shift per month (more shifts are encouraged and welcome)

Tamarack Garden Volunteers are active March through October planting seeds, turning soil, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting, composting, talking with visitors about the garden, and enjoying the fruits of their labor. If you are already green and growing or just beginning and want to learn more about gardening, consider volunteering this year as one of our Garden Tenders. All experience levels welcome.

Nest Box Monitors

Age Requirement: 18 or older (younger teens may volunteer with a parent)
Time Commitment: Early April through mid-September; weekly or bi-weekly commitment; 1-3 hour shifts
Training: Provided on-the-job
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process; able to walk 1-2 miles on uneven terrain, use simple tools, and keep good records

Tamarack’s Nest Box Monitors maintain and monitor Tamarack’s 100+ bluebird nest boxes every 7-10 days throughout the entire breeding season. If you would like to get out in the field and collect data as a citizen scientist, this might be the job for you. New volunteers will be paired with experienced team members to learn the job.

Spring & Summer Program Volunteers

Age Requirement: 18 or older
Time Commitment: 2-4 hour shifts, 3-15 shifts per season, must be able to commit to a whole season at a time (spring, summer, fall, winter)
Mandatory Training: April 24th (spring programs) and June 12th (summer programs) – training is mandatory for new volunteers
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process; weekday availability; interest in working with kids of all ages; willingness to work with a group of kids on your own or as a team teacher; willingness to adopt Tamarack teaching principles and policies

We rely on our committed program volunteers all year round to help ignite the curiosities of students, preschool through high school. Each season, we offer a new set of programs for school groups, scout groups, camps, daycares, and many other youth groups. As a program volunteer, you become an integral part of our naturalist teaching staff and help touch the lives of many children. If you’re looking for a high impact volunteer position, this might be for you!

Drop-In Discovery Hosts

Age Requirement: Adults and older teens (kids under 15 need to be accompanied by a parent)
Time Commitment: Saturday mornings, 3 hour shifts, minimum of 4 shifts per year (more shifts are encouraged and welcome)
Mandatory Training: Date to be determined (late May or early June)
Requirements: Complete Tamarack volunteer application process; attend training; interest in interacting with people of all ages, adults and children; willingness to learn about new things, try new interpretive techniques, and share your excitement about nature with visitors

Tamarack’s Discovery Hosts work on Saturday mornings to provide visitors with up-close visits with Tamarack animals; touchable artifacts like skulls, skins, sticks, and stones; explorations of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators; and garden goodies for tasting. Topics will be scheduled ahead of time and volunteers will be assigned based on interest and willingness to learn new drop-in discovery topics.​

How to Volunteer

Submit completed application to:
Mail: 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township, MN 55110
Fax: (651) 407-5354
Call: Melanie Harding​, Volunteer Coordinator at (651) 407-5350 x118
         
Be, Give, Share, Report and Enjoy
All volunteer service on nature preserve grounds need to be directed through Ramsey County’s Parks and Recreation. Contact Tamarack Nature Center’s volunteer department for opportunities (651) 407-5350.
 

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Contact Us

5287 Otter Lake Road
White Bear Township, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-5350
Fax: 651-407-5354
Email: tamarack@co.ramsey.mn.us