Dakota County Historical Society

Sibley Historic Site - Mendota, MN - Sibley Gardens Volunteers


General Description

Help us keep the gardens at the Sibley Historic Site looking great throughout the year. We are searching for dedicated, garden-loving volunteers to help care for gardens on the property. We have a number of areas on site that are cared for by our garden volunteers. If you have an interest in flowers, rain gardens, general yard work, and buckthorn removal than this is a great opportunity for you. 



Sibley Historic Site

1357 Sibley Memorial Highway

Mendota, MN 55150

(Map and Driving Directions)  



The volunteer season will run April - November. Come as often as you are interested. 


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Watering and weeding - weeding and watering is needed to maintain a healthy garden. During dry spells twice a day watering might be needed. Other days depending on weather we might need less. Flexibility is key with gardening.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A love of gardening.
  • Transportation is needed to access the site.
  • Must be 16 years old or older to volunteer without an adult present. Families are welcome to join though. Bring your kids - more hands equals less work =) 


Minimum Time Commitment:

  • Varies by volunteer.


Activity Level

Active - Involves physical exertion for an extended period of time; project may involve rough, uneven or steep terrain. Activities will require longer periods of standing and walking with limited access to sitting. Activities will mostly occur in an outdoor setting with uncontrollable elements present.


Contact Information

Garrett Zaffke | Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Dakota County Communications

1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033

Direct: (651) 438-4635 | Fax: (651) 438-4405 | Email: garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Monday, April 01, 2024 and Thursday, October 31, 2024