Student and community members are engaged with hands-on experience in restoring and exploring native plant communities and ecosystems. Volunteers become a corps of Arboretum advocates who informally speak and act on its behalf and support its mission. At the work parties, they are provided with the opportunity to add to their ecological literacy. Volunteers receive training on: history and mission of the Arboretum; Wisconsin ecosystems and flora; natural history; ecology; ecological restoration principles and management; and native and invasive plant identification. The land ethic is promoted through caring for Arboretum lands and protecting native plants and ecosystems.