Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Appreciation

The Green Legacy will be offering a free 1 gal. potted tree to the first 100 "Caring Community Card" cardholders. Volunteers must pick up their trees at the Green Legacy Nursery in Puslinch. Please come during National Volunteer Week, Monday April 7 to Friday April 11 2014, 9:30am-11:00am. Ask for Scott.

The Green Legacy would like to thank all of the volunteers who have given their valuable time and skills to help our community. Your contributions truly make a difference in Guelph and Wellington County! If you have any questions please contact Brenda at 519-546-4788 or brendaw@wellington.ca  

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Volunteer Opportunities 

The Green Legacy would not be possible without the support of our thousands of volunteers.

Each year, over 3,500 people volunteer at the Green Legacy Nursery to help grow trees. No matter what your age or ability you can volunteer for the Green Legacy.

  • Schools county wide can volunteer and take part in a outdoor educational experience
  • High school students are eligible to receive community service hours for volunteering
  • High school students find suitable coop placements
  • High school students can come out for a 2 week work placement
  • Life skills groups can come out and feel productive and valuable
  • Disabled individuals or groups with disabilities can find meaningful work
  • Corporate Groups host team building events
  • Nursery school programmes come out and play in the soil
  • Home school groups volunteer and enjoy interpretive nature hikes
  • International students worldwide volunteer with Canada Red Leaf Programme
  • Alternative education programmes experience a sense of community with volunteering
  • Environmental Groups/Clubs can take part in something they are passionate about
  • Seniors can take part in a variety of avenues dependent on interest and ability

Volunteer Activities:

Volunteer activities vary, depending on the time of year. Listed below are three of the tasks that occur seasonally and will be offered to volunteers along with many other odd jobs.

Pushing Trees

Trees are seeded into styroblocks and grow there for approximately 1 year. Using a push stick, trees are gently pushed out of the cells they are growing in and placed into a crate temporarily until they are transplanted or packaged for planting in the spring. This is an easy task that can be done by volunteers of any age or ability.

Photograph of a styroblock with white pine trees being pushed out

Transplanting

Small trees need to be transplanted so they have room to grow. Each year trees are planted in new soil and larger pots. Trees are also moved around the nursery in order to make the best use of available space. Transplanting and moving are great tasks for energetic volunteers.

Photograph of hardwood and coniferous potted stock

Packaging

Before trees are giving out to be planted in the community they are packaged. Using a wooden packaging device, 10 trees are wrapped tightly together in plastic wrap. Trees are then moved into an underground cooler building and stored there over the winter. This is one of the more challenging tasks to complete.

Photograph of 10 white pine trees packaged together.

Some of Our Volunteers

  • Elementary, high school and University students
  • International students
  • County and local councilors and staff
  • Environmental groups
  • Local corporations
  • Private land owners
  • Community members

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How to Prepare for Volunteering at The Green Leacy

The Green Legacy nursery has a variety of environments to work in, including: greenhouses, outdoors, or our underground cooler building. The best way to accommodate changing environments is to dress in layers, and according to forecasted weather conditions.

Suggested Items to bring:

  • Hat and sunscreen (seasonally)
  • Warm gloves, hat, boots (seasonally)
  • Work gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch

Indoor lunch space, a fridge, microwave, and kettle are available for volunteer use. There is also a large covered pavilion and picnic tables on site.

Saturday Volunteer Policy

Volunteers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult

  • All volunteers must fill out and application form upon arrival
  • All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian signature on their application form
  • Saturdays are "drop in" days and volunteers are NOT required to submit a Criminal Reference Check
  • All groups wishing to volunteer on a Saturday must pre-register. Contact Brenda Walsh 519-546-4788

Volunteer Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 3:30pm

Saturdays by request only.  March to October 9:00am - 3:30pm.  Contact Brenda Walsh to make arrangements.