Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
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Volunteer Opportunities at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden


Garden Shelter Views

Martha Crone ShelterMartha Crone Shelter outside

Invasive Plant RemovalBuckthorn RemovalGarlic Mustard Removal

Current 2016 Fall Schedule

Volunteer work at the Garden can be very rewarding as a time for contemplation of the surroundings and for a feeling of satisfaction from useful work accomplished. Each link below gives you more detail.

Shelter Docent Volunteer Information - Greeting visitors who enter the Shelter

Invasive Plant Volunteer Information - Spring and Fall work crews

Legacy Volunteer Information - Maintain your section of the Garden

Meet Some Volunteers - Bio's of past and current volunteers.

Photo Gallery - Invasive Plant Removal


Shelter Docent Volunteer Information

Shelter Docents assist in being a friendly human face in the Martha E. Crone Visitors’ Shelter each day during the Garden season - April through October. (Shelter inside photo below) Volunteers do not need to be members of the Friends. Each day there are two volunteer shifts. Weekdays from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 12:30 to 3:30 PM. Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM; Sunday from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM. The Shelter Docent’s job is to greet, make visitors feel welcome, and provide access to the resources (reference books, touch and see table, program info, interpretive displays, guidebooks, etc.) available to visitors in the Shelter. You do not need to be knowledgeable about any particular topic as there are resources and naturalists for that. If you have one area of expertise - great! There is a training session, background check and age 18+ requirement. If you are interested in becoming a Shelter Docent please contact the Shelter Volunteer Coordinator -

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Below: Inside the Martha Crone Shelter

Martha Crone Shelter Inside

Here is a short article written by a volunteer: A Rookie's Top Five Wildflower Garden Volunteer Experiences.


Invasive Plant Volunteer Information

Help protect Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden from invasive plants! Events are 2 hours long – come for as much or as little time as you have. No experience needed.  We provide tools, how-to and treats! Co-ordination is by The Friends' Invasive Plant Action Group.

This long-standing volunteer project is achieving real results in protecting the Garden from invasive plants.  Working in the “preservation zone” immediately surrounding the Garden, volunteers participate in weekend group events, removing garlic mustard in the spring and buckthorn in the fall.

Volunteers are notified by email of the schedule of events each season.  Contact the volunteer coordinator with questions or to add your name to the email list - use the e-mail link below.

When a schedule has been set for an invasive removal event, this schedule link will be active:

Current Schedule

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Garlic Mustard
Garlic Mustard
Alliaria officinalis
Buckthorn
Buckthorn
Rhamnus cathartica
Japanese Knotweed
Japanese Knotweed
Fallopia japonica
Oriental Bittersweet
Oriental Bittersweet
Celastrus orbiculatus

Legacy Volunteer Information

Legacy Volunteers assist the Wildflower Garden staff in the eradication of invasive plants. After receiving training from the Garden Curator each volunteer takes responsibility for a small, but significant, designated section of the Wildflower Garden and commits to removing all of the invasive species in their assigned section for the season. Assistance throughout the season is provided by Wildflower Garden staff. Direct inquiries about this program to the Wildflower Garden Curator at ebwg@minneapolisparks.org

If you visit the Martha Crone Shelter, there is a volunteer sign up sheet available there also. Back to Top.


Meet some current and former volunteers:

From time to time The Friends publish interviews with our volunteers, giving a bit of their history and their reasons for volunteering. You can read these past interviews by clicking on the person's name. The date next to the name is the year of the interview. We have added a note at the bottom of each interview, where appropriate, updating some of the information.

Jim Coleman 2016 (pdf file)
Phoebe Waugh 2015 (pdf file) Kris Felbeck 2015 (pdf file) Melissa Hansen 2014 (pdf file)
Joy Davis 2011 (pdf file) Liz Anderson 2012 (pdf file) Gloria Miller 2013 (pdf file)
Harriet Betzold 2011 Marie Demler 2010 George Bridgman 2009
Ann Godfrey 2008 Phoebe Waugh 2004 Juanita Lussenhop 2004
Jim Proctor 2004 Betty Bryan 2002 Gloria Miller 2002
Moana Odell Beim 2002 Lyle Johnson 2001 Constance Pepin 2001
Judy Jones 2000 Shirley Schultz 2000 Clinton Odell 1952

Here is a short article written by a volunteer: A Rookie's Top Five Wildflower Garden Volunteer Experiences.

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