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OAR: Operation Arboretum Renewal

Operation Arboretum Renewal is a flexible, grassroots volunteer program to maintain the grounds of the beautiful Leila Arboretum and Children's Garden. It's an opportunity to contribute meaningful volunteer time by providing tender loving care to an adopted garden space.


accept Looking for meaningful activities you can do with your entire family?

accept Want to spend time outdoors in the splendor of nature?

accept Need a season-long team building experience for your work group?

accept Want to make a real difference in the beauty of your community?

accept Need fun volunteer activities for a scout group, honor society, 4-H club or community group?

accept Like to garden, but have no yard?

accept Want to help your children develop pride and responsibility?


“If yes, join Operation Arboretum Renewal!”


In OAR, you'll get to:


accept Adopt a garden of your choice in either the arboretum or the children's garden.

accept Work in your own group, on your own schedule.

accept Choose a small or large garden.

accept Weed, plant, dig up and complete other meaningful tasks that make a visible difference.

accept Experience the pride and joy of knowing you're helping create a more beautiful place in Battle Creek.

accept Feel the satisfaction of seeing the results of your efforts.

accept Get experience you can learn from and apply in your own garden.

accept Take home extra plants that you divide.



We provide OAR participants with:


accept Garden bed schemes.

accept Bed maintenance plans.

accept Expertise of qualified horticulturists.

“All to make your part of the program as easy and enjoyable as possible.”




Is OAR right for you?

“All you need are:”


accept A love of gardening.

accept Basic gardening tools.

accept A few hours to volunteer each week.

“That's all! There is no cost to participate.”


For further information, site selection assistance and instructions, call:
Katy Avery at (269) 969-0270 x 120 / E-mail: katy@lasgarden.org

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Note: We have space available for your own vegetable garden, call for more information.