Want to volunteer but too busy to make a long term commitment? In addition to our fabulous team of more than 700 Great Parks Volunteers, the Great Parks of Hamilton County welcomes individuals and groups that want to help on a one-time basis. Projects usually last two to four hours and are generally focused on habitat restoration, trail maintenance and litter and waterway cleanups.
The Great Parks of Hamilton County manages 9,000 acres of forest habitat, and thousands of additional trees are located in developed areas of the parks. Management of this resource is important because trees provide shelter and food for wildlife, reduce storm water runoff and erosion, improve water quality, reduce carbon dioxide and cool the atmosphere. Each year, Great Parks removes trees lost to age, storms, disease and invasive insects. These trees are replaced to enhance or expand forests in selected areas. Join us for one of many reforestation projects taking place this year at the Great Parks of Hamilton County.
Walking, running, biking and horseback riding encourage family fun and healthy lifestyles. The Great Parks of Hamilton County works tirelessly to maintain and improve over 70 miles of nature trails, paved hike/bike trails, horse trails and the exciting 8-mile mountain bike trail at Mitchell Memorial Forest. Get fit and have fun while helping with invasive plant removal, erosion control, brush and limb removal and trail expansions.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates that 11,772 tons of litter is dropped on Ohio roadways annually. In 2013, approximately 2.4 tons of litter was removed from Winton Woods alone! Great Parks of Hamilton County manages over 16,500 acres of land across the greater Cincinnati area with more than 80% set aside to preserve wetlands, forests and wildlife. Your help is needed to ensure that this protected land is free of litter and debris that could threaten plants and wildlife. Sign up now for one of our many litter pick-ups taking place.
Wetlands are the most productive ecosystem in North America. They provide vital nesting and foraging areas for birds, small mammals and invertebrates, spawning areas for many important fish and shellfish and habitat for unique vegetation. They also serve as storage areas for floodwater, buffers to storms, protection from erosion and filters for sedimentation and other forms of environmental contamination. Since pioneer times, 95% of Ohio's wetlands have been lost, making them one of our most endangered ecosystems. Approximately 33% of Ohio's endangered and threatened plants and animals live in wetland habitat. Great Parks of Hamilton County has restored 120 acres of former wetland habitat at Miami Whitewater Forest. You, too, can help by volunteering for a wetland restoration project.
River & Stream Habitats
Streams and riparian corridors and are home to a multitude of wildlife including fish, amphibians, waterfowl and birds of prey including the bald eagle. These waterways are habitat for some of the region’s most imperiled species, but also provide recreational opportunities for surrounding communities and feed important sources of clean drinking water. Great Parks of Hamilton County is home to many creeks and rivers and is dedicated to protecting these resources both inside and outside park boundaries. You can help by signing up for one of our riverbank or stream cleanups today!