One-Time Volunteer

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You Can Make a Difference

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, Great Parks of Hamilton County welcomes individuals, families, community groups and corporations who want to help on a one-time basis. Projects usually last three to six hours and are generally focused on tree plantings, invasive plant removal, habitat restoration, trail maintenance and litter and waterway cleanups.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects

Make a difference by registering online today for one or more upcoming community volunteer projects. For more information send an email to volunteer@greatparks.org.

To see photos from 2014 volunteer projects, please visit our Facebook page.

28th Annual Winton Woods Cleanup
Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m.-noon
Winton Woods/Kestrel Point Picnic Shelter
10245 Winton Road Cincinnati, OH 45231

More than 350 volunteers collected 275 bags of trash, 82 bags of recyclables, 19 tires and 2.5 shopping carts at last year’s cleanup. Make a difference in 2015 by joining Great Parks, the City of Forest Park and their sponsors at this annual event! Free picnic lunch provided. All ages welcome. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No advance registration required. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

 

Earth Day Tree Planting at Winton Woods - FULL
Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-noon
Winton Woods/Sweetgum Slope Shelter
10245 Winton Road Cincinnati, OH 45231

One billion trees worldwide? You’ll help the Earth Day Network reach that goal – and Great Parks’ Taking Root commitment of planting 60,000 trees by 2016 – by planting trees with us on Earth Day. All ages welcome. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and a Great Parks volunteer waiver required.

 

3rd Annual Sharon Woods Greenup
Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.-noon
Sharon Woods/Visitor center parking lot.
11450 Lebanon Rd. Sharonville, OH 45241

Dig in and dig out invasive garlic mustard along the Gorge trail, remove litter along the Sharon Woods creek, cleanup the wildlife viewing area adjacent to the Sharon Centre plus much more. Join in this community effort to green-up Sharon Woods during the 45th Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup. All ages are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and a Great Parks volunteer waiver required.

Volunteer Application Form

 

National Trails Day at Miami Whitewater Forest
Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Miami Whitewater Forest/High Plains Shelter
9001 Mt. Hope Rd. Crosby Township, OH 45030

We can’t do it alone! Great Parks is home to over 70 miles of popular hike, bike and horse trails enjoyed by thousands each year. Whether you enjoy tackling invasive plants or improving trail surfaces, your help is needed on the Badlands trail during National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails!  Lunch will be provided by event co-sponsor Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). Enjoy a Naturalist led hike after lunch. Due to the strenuous nature of this work, volunteers must be 14 years of age or older to participate. Advance registration and a Great Parks volunteer waiver required.

Volunteer Application Form

 

Ohio River Sweep at Woodland Mound
Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m.-noon
Woodland Mound/Steamboat Bend Boat Ramp
8326 Steamboat Drive Cincinnati, OH  45255

Pitch in, cleanup and improve river corridor habitat along the mighty Ohio River. Free t-shirts, while supplies last, will be provided by Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) during this award-winning multi-state cleanup. All ages are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and an ORSANCO volunteer waiver are required.

Volunteer Application Form

 

Ohio River Sweep at Fernbank Park
Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m.-noon
Fernbank Park/Lee Shelter
50 Thornton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45233

Pitch in, cleanup and improve river corridor habitat along the mighty Ohio River. Free t-shirts, while supplies last, will be provided by Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) during this award-winning multi-state cleanup. All ages are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and an ORSANCO volunteer waiver are required.

Volunteer Application Form

Types of Projects

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 long-horned 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 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!