Volunteer Opportunities 

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.

Who Can Volunteer

  • You! 
  • Elementary Schools
  • Secondary Schools - students are eligible to receive community service hours or complete thier co-op placements
  • University students
  • International students
  • Environmental groups
  • Local Corporations
  • Private land owners
  • Community members - Families, friends, seniors, individuals or groups with disabilities

 

Become More Involved

Volunteer Job Descriptions

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 alisonm@wellington.ca with the opportunity that interests you. 

Volunteer Forms

Youth Application Form - ages 13-17

Adult Application Form - ages 18+

Be Prepared to Volunteer!

Current Volunteer Activities

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.

 

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 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.

Photograph of 10 white pine trees packaged together.

Some of Our Volunteers

 

volunteer in greenhouse volunteer in greenhouse plantingvolunteer in greenhouse with styrofoam containers

 

How to Prepare for Volunteering at The Green Legacy

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.

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 an 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 Alison Morrison 519-546-4788

 

 

Volunteer Hours of Operation

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

Saturdays by request only.  

Contact Alison Morrison to make arrangements.