One-Time Volunteer

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Types of Projects

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. 

Forest Restoration
Great Parks is proud to be a lead partner in the tree planting initiative Taking Root. The mission is to replace, retain and expand the region’s tree canopy with a goal to plant two million trees by 2020. That is one tree for each resident in the eight-county tri-state area! The initiative was created in response to the ongoing threat on our region’s trees created by the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, bush honeysuckle and other invasive species. By planting trees, we can reduce the threat and help grow a healthy and diverse tree environment. Great Parks is pledging to plant 60,000 trees over the next three years as part of Taking Root’s goal. Join us in our mission to save our trees!

Trail Projects
Walking, running, biking and horseback riding encourage family fun and healthy lifestyles. Great Parks works tirelessly to maintain and improve more than 70 miles of nature, paved hike/bike and horse trails in our parks, as well as an 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.

Park Beautification
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 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.

Wetland Habitats
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 can help, too, 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 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!  

Upcoming Opportunities

For more information or to volunteer email Kris Roselle, Volunteer Services Manager, or call 513-521-7275.
 

Mountain Bike Trail Days
First and Second Saturdays, January-April, 9 a.m.-Noon
Mitchell Memorial Forest (meet at the mountain bike trail head)
5401 Zion Rd. Cleves, OH 45002

Mountain bike enthusiasts! Volunteers are needed to help with trail maintenance and improvements on the exciting 8-mile Mitchell Memorial Forest Mountain Bike Trail. Typical jobs include, but are not limited to, digging, raking, hand sawing, dragging forest debris, pruning and moving large rocks. Participants must be 14 years of age or older to participate due to the strenuous nature of this work. Advance registration and a Great Parks Volunteer Waiver are required.

Register here

 

Second Annual Sharon Woods Cleanup
Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.-Noon
Sharon Woods (Meet at the Sharon Centre parking area)
11450 Lebanon Rd. Sharonville, OH 45241

Join the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup and make Sharon Woods shine! Remove litter, paint, mulch or help with trail renovation. Tasks will be assigned morning of the event and determined by number of volunteers and weather. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and a Great Parks Volunteer Waiver are required.

Register here

 

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m.-Noon
Fernbank Park (meet at the Lee Picnic Shelter)
50 Thornton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45233

Trail enthusiasts needed! Join forces with Great Parks on National Trails Day, the nation’s largest celebration of trails, and help renovate one of our more than 70 miles of hike, bike and horse trails. Volunteers will be removing invasive plants and laying wood chips in an effort to improve Sycamore Trail. Locations may expand if enough volunteers sign up. Drinks and snacks will be provided by event co-sponsor REI. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older to participate due to the strenuous nature of this work. Advance registration and a Great Parks Volunteer Waiver are required.

Register here

 

25th Annual Ohio River Sweep
Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m.-Noon
Fernbank Park (meet at the Lee Picnic Shelter)
50 Thornton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45233

Join thousands of volunteers from six states for this award-winning cleanup! The Ohio River Sweep encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, PA to its end in Cairo, IL. Volunteers will be collecting litter and other debris at two Great Parks’ locations this year.  Participants will receive a free t-shirt. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and an ORSANCO Volunteer Waiver are required.

Register here

 

25th Annual Ohio River Sweep
Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m.-Noon
Woodland Mound (meet at the Steamboat Bend boat ramp)
8386 Steamboat Drive, Cincinnati, OH

Join thousands of volunteers from six states for this award-winning cleanup! The Ohio River Sweep encompasses the entire length of the river, from its origin in Pittsburgh, PA to its end in Cairo, IL. Volunteers will be collecting litter and other debris at two Great Parks’ locations this year. Participants will receive a free t-shirt. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and an ORSANCO Volunteer Waiver are required.

Register here

 

National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 27, 9 a.m.-Noon
Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Rd. Sharonville, OH 45241
Glenwood Gardens
10397 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, OH 45215

More information coming soon!

 

Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River
Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m.-Noon
Shawnee Lookout
2008 Lawrenceburg Rd. North Bend, OH 45202

More information coming soon!

 

Make a Difference Day
Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m.-Noon

Woodland Mound
8250 Old Kellogg Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45255

Otto Armleder Memorial Park
5057 Wooster Pike Cincinnati, OH 45226

Winton Woods
10245 Winton Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45231

More information coming soon!