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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.
Tree Nursery Volunteer - Requires criminal reference check
Tree Care Volunteer - Requires interest in learning about the propagation and care of trees.
Please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org with the opportunity that interests you.
Youth Application Form - ages 13-17
Adult Application Form - ages 18+
Packaging Packaging Packaging! It's Winter - That means we are busy getting our trees ready for Spring distribution in the community. Over the next few months we will moving trees into our underground "cooler" building where it is 2°- 4°C. That's cool enough for trees to remain dormant but warm enough to work with them. We take them out of the styrofoam blocks and wrap them up in into small bundles.
Our workspace becomes a social gathering place! Saff and volunteers bundle up, chit chat, and listen to music while helping to process 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.
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.
Before trees are given 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.
The Green Legacy nursery has a variety of environments to work in, including: greenhouses, outdoors, or our underground cooler building. The best way to deal with this is to dress in layers, and according to forecasted weather conditions.
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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.
Volunteers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult
All groups wishing to volunteer on a Saturday must pre-register. Contact Alison Morrison 519-546-4788
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 3:30pm
Saturdays by request only.
Contact Alison Morrison to make arrangements.