Sonja Tosteson

Goldy Gopher.
Forestry Volunteer & Partnerships Coordinator
15 Green Hall

2005 Upper Buford Circle
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

Contact me for help with:
  • MN Shade Tree Advisory Committee's newsletter and MN Shade Tree Short Course 
  • Tree Care Advocate, Tree Care Advisor, and Tree Steward questions
  • Team Tree youth programs
  • UFOR Outreach and Volunteer Programs


Sonja Tosteson is the Volunteer Programs Coordinator, sharing her expertise in cultivating partnerships, inspiring stakeholders, and activating solutions through dynamic and meaningful programs. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University (NYU) and Volunteer Impact Leadership certificate from the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA). Sonja lives in Minneapolis and enjoys rocking out to musical theater and getting her hands dirty in her bouquet garden.

Areas of interest

  • Ecology, especially involving forests, bogs, and freshwater systems
  • Regenerative agriculture & food sovereignty
  • Environmental justice
  • Art & science collaborations
  • Macro nature photography
  • Ornithology & birdwatching
  • Volunteer Engagement
  • Environmental Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Partnership Development