Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities - Old and New

Contact Andy at Andy.Heren@co.eau-claire.wi.us to get in contact with group leaders.

  • Youth Gardens at North River Fronts Park

Children going into third through fifth grade participate in a teaching garden from June 20 – August 11, 2022. The program is sponsored by Boys and Girls Club and uses the Food Wise curriculum from Oregon. It takes place Mondays through Thursdays at 9-11 am. Volunteers can choose their schedule and help prepare and plant the garden, teach and garden with youth, or do garden maintenance. An application needs to be submitted to the Boys and Girls Club, and a background check is required.

  • Beaver Creek Reserve  

Volunteers are needed for the native plant sale preparation April 4-6, the sale on Mother’s Day weekend, as well as the Butterfly House from July 5th through Labor Day. More information can be found on the website at bcr@beavercreekreserve.org, or contact Kristin Giefer at outreach@beavercreekreserve.org.

 

  • Schlegelmilch House

This is a historical house that is part of Chippewa Valley Museum. Volunteers plan and manage the gardens outside at the Schlegelmilch House.

  • Forest Street Community Garden and Edible Landscape

The Forest Street Community Garden works on shared gardening projects, and holds monthly meetings and social events. Volunteers help maintain the Edible Landscape downtown Eau Claire. Harvesting fruit and other produce is open to the public for no cost.

 

  • Lakeshore Elementary School

Lakeshore Elementary School has a summer teaching garden, and volunteers can help garden or teach with youth, or do maintenance. The Food Wise curriculum is used to teach healthy eating. Flynn Elementary School would like to start a similar program.

  • Menomonie Street Project

A project replacing invasive plants with native and other plants, and will help liaison with neighborhood associations to create similar upgrades.

 

  • Teaching Gardens at UW Extension Office

Garden beds can be “adopted” and cared for throughout growing season. In the past, a community event was held for people tour and harvest from the gardens.

  • Ask a Master Gardener

Takes place at the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market from 8 am to noon between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Contact Andy at Andy.Heren@co.eau-claire.wi.us.

 

  • ECMGVA Newsletter presented by Carol Cox

Volunteers can submit garden photos “eye candy”, poems, quotes, stories or articles for the newsletter. These are especially helpful outside of gardening season from November to February. They are due near the end of the month.

  • Master Gardener Plant Sale

The annual Master Gardener Plant Sale is a fundraiser, and it will be co-hosted this year by the Eau Claire Garden Club. It is a large project where all hands on deck are needed – to grow, prepare and run the sale and clean up. It will take place on Saturday, May 22 at 9 am – 12 noon at Phoenix Park Pavilion.

 

  • New Project for Earth Stewardship

There will be a new project to work on activities and education for earth stewardship to help the community and organizations take good care of the earth and environment. Composting, and other methods of sustainability will help promote part of our mission to become environmental stewards.

  • Answer horticulture questions at the UW-Extension office 

Take calls from area residents with horticulture related questions

Research for calls for the Horticulture Outreach Specialist

  • Providing Education presentations & Tours

Give presentations for garden groups, Master Gardeners, libraries, provide an educational tour of your garden

Plant Shed