“The river flows not past, but through us.”

(John Muir, Mountain Thoughts)

This page is a guide to MRCN’s own volunteer opportunities, as well as our partners who can use some extra hands. Check back often, as more volunteer opportunities open up for the spring and summer season.


Volunteering Outdoors in Ashland, MO

Southern Boone Learning Garden LogoSouthern Boone Learning Garden 

Get kids engaged with the environment and local food through gardening, youth education, and tutoring.

Contact volunteer coordinator Julie Grabner at sobocogarden@gmail.com


Volunteering Outdoors in Columbia, MO

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The Local Food AmeriCorps Project 

AmeriCorps members serve for one year to improve lives through local food. They might recruit volunteers, teach outdoor education lessons to children, write grants, or develop new programs.

Contact Executive Director Steve Johnson at manitoubluffs@gmail.com for details, or find our next project on our prospective AmeriCorps page.


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Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Learn to garden, connect with local food, and build a sustainable Columbia! CCUA recruits volunteers to support their urban farm activities, tutor urban gardeners, staff farm festivals, and more.

Find details—and CCUA’s volunteer application—at http://www.columbiaurbanag.org/get-involved/volunteer/


Columbia Farmers MarketColumbia Farmers Market

Meet the people behind your local food! Columbia Farmers Market volunteers set up booths, run the farmers market’s token currency system,  help direct children’s activities, and more.

Contact comofarmersmarketvista@gmail.com or view the Farmers Market volunteer application on their website.

TCA Logo Tigers for Community Agriculture

 TCA is a project of Mizzou’s Environmental Leadership Office.   Simply put, it is a sustainability focused student farm.  Students  ride out to Bradford Research Farm four times a week to grow  produce for Campus Dining and Tiger Pantry.  They use compost  collected from the Dining Halls to grow the produce and they have a local organic farmer teaching them to grow.

Contact Amy Eultgen at the Environmental Leadership Office for more information at muoslenvironmental@missouri.edu

Volunteering Outdoors in Jefferson City, MO

Lincoln University Extension Native Plants Program

Lincoln University Extension Native Plants Program

Spend some valuable time getting people of all ages engaged in the outdoors! Volunteers gain experience in complex plant identification and landscape management while they maintain gardens, tutor planting techniques, and assist others with native plants crafts.

Contact volunteer coordinator Nadia Navarrete-Tindall at  Navarrete-TindallN@LincolnU.edu or 573-681-5392.

Volunteering Outdoors in Kirksville, MO

 Green Thumb Logo   The Green Thumb Project

 The people at the Green Thumb Project aspire to educate their community in sustainability practices, create more access to affordable local food for everyone, and create community gardens that will improve the health and wellness of their citizens. We are dedicated to creating a local food network, one garden at a time.  Green Thumb volunteers can work in community gardens, teach  others gardening skills, staff events, plant trees, etc.  Some of the perks include free produce and the potential for Truman Students to earn scholarships and work study hours.

For more information contact  gtgarden.raymiller@gmail.com


Volunteering Outdoors in Springfield, MO

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Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition

Build your farming, people, and organizational skills outdoors through SUAC’s urban farm! Volunteers plant and harvest crops, tutor children, work with teachers, and assist with special events.

Find out more at the volunteer page in SUAC’s website, or e-mail  info@springfielduac.org for details.