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Volunteering for Great Parks of Hamilton County will lead you to fun, rewarding and unforgettable experiences!

Remove invasive plants, adopt a trail, harvest native seeds or interact directly with park guests at a gift shop, visitor center or nature program. Join our outstanding team of volunteers and staff members, learn new skills and meet people with similar interests, all while making a difference in your community.

Whether you have time to volunteer one-time, for a few weeks or years to come, Great Parks has a place for you! To find your perfect niche, check out the volunteer opportunities below.
Adult Volunteers
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Join the Great Parks team! Make meaningful connections when you work with other volunteers and park guests or as you work behind the scenes to help keep our parks beautiful!

If you are 18 years of age or older and are able to contribute approximately 40 hours of service per year, then click below to get started!

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Teen Volunteers
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Don’t just check off the service-learning hours for your school – get the most out of your volunteer experience! Enjoy volunteering while you learn new skills and meet others with similar interests. You’ll start with our Teen Orientation and be able to select a volunteer experience in areas like animal care, conservation, golf, fishing and more.

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Community Conservation Projects
Want to volunteer but too busy to make a long-term commitment? Great Parks welcomes individuals, families, community groups and corporations who want to help on a one-time basis. Weekend projects, which usually last three to six hours, are generally conservation-based and include tree plantings, invasive plant removal, habitat restoration, trail maintenance and litter and waterway cleanups. Make a difference by registering online today for one or more upcoming community volunteer projects.

Garlic Mustard Challenge

Wed 6/1, 9 a.m. - noon

Help Great Parks "pull" for the win against this highly invasive plant! Garlic mustard is overtaking our natural areas, where it crowds out native plants and decreases biodiversity. So come out, get your hands dirty and join in a region-wide effort to remove 200,000 pounds of garlic mustard from our area. Participation prizes will be awarded throughout the six-event challenge. (Free, register by 5/31) Winton Woods/Great Oaks Trail

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National Trails Day on the Mountain Bike Trail

Sat 6/4, 9 a.m. - noon

REI and Great Parks are teaming up on another great project! Join us on National Trails Day as  we work to improve one of the premier mountain bike trails in the region. Volunteers will help with surface work and clearing overgrowth and invasive plants. Afterwards, grab a t-shirt, water bottle, and lunch from REI and hang around as their knowledgeable trail staff teaches the principles of the Leave No Trace initiative in a short presentation. Ages 14 and up. Mitchell Memorial Forest/Tall Pines picnic area (register by 5/29)

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Ohio River Sweep 2016 - Fernbank Park

Sat, 6/18, 2016 9 a.m. - noon

Make a difference! Take part in one of the largest river clean-ups in the U.S.! Last year ORSANCO coordinated over 100 sites from four states, keeping 500 tons of trash out of the Ohio River. All ages welcome. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Fernbank Park/Lee Shelter (advance registration and ORSANCO waiver required)

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Ohio River Sweep 2016 - Steamboat Bend

Sat 6/18, 9 a.m. - noon

Make a difference! Take part in one of the largest river clean-ups in the U.S.! Last year ORSANCO coordinated over 100 sites from four states, keeping 500 tons of trash out of the Ohio River. All ages welcome. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.Woodland Mound/Steamboat Bend Boat Ramp (advance registration and an ORSANCO volunteer waiver are required).

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Youth Leadership Projects
Great Parks of Hamilton County greatly values the service provided by scouts and high school students and is always happy to support Eagle Scout, Gold Award and senior capstone assignments. Most projects focus on trail work, conservation efforts and implementing special programs and events, but Great Parks is open to your project ideas. To get started, please complete and submit a Youth Leadership Project Application.​

Youth Leadership Project Application
Service Learning Projects
Fun and exciting volunteer opportunities await high school groups at many of our 21 parks and preserves. Great Parks’ staff and volunteers will work on-site with your students to create a memorable, hands-on learning experience for your school. Several opportunities are available each year on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To get started please complete the application below. Applications are due approximately 8 weeks before the project date as there are limited projects available through the year. Once completed, e-mail or scan your completed application to volunteer@greatparks.org, or send it by mail to Niki Marengo, 10245 Winton Road Cincinnati, OH 45231. Once we receive your application, a member of our Volunteer Services staff will be in contact with you within 2 weeks.

Service Learning Application
Corporate Volunteer Projects
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Bring your team of 10 or more for an energizing, highly visible volunteer project in a Great Park. Participants will build leadership, teamwork and communication skills, all while having fun and making a positive difference in our community and your organization. Hands-on projects might include planting trees, mulching trails, removing invasive plants or cleaning lake and river banks. Projects generally occur between March and November and last between three and six hours. Scheduling is flexible, and projects take place Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Projects typically book six to nine months in advance. Contact us to get started!
Grapevine Newsletter
Current volunteers can stay current on park news and upcoming opportunities with the quarterly Grapevine newsletter.

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Current Volunteer Login
Current registered volunteers can log in below to post hours, check service records and update contact information any time, any day, from their home computer.

Volunteer Login
Contact Us!
For more information send an email to volunteer@greatparks.org or phone: 

Kris Roselle, Volunteer Services Manager
Phone: 513-728-3551, ext. 245 

Niki Marengo, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 513-728-3551, ext. 278​

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