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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
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
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.
Wildflower Hike & Work Day

Wildflower Hike & Work Day

Fri 3/31 , 9 a.m.–noon

Withrow Nature Preserve offers some of the most beautiful wildflower vistas in the park district. Join us to hike to areas in various stages of restoration, explore what's blooming, and discussing current and future land management techniques. With the remaining time, we'll remove invasive plants along the Trout Lily Trail. If you haven't been to Withrow in the spring, this project comes highly recommended. For ages 14 and up. (Free, register by 3/30) Withrow Nature Preserve/Parking Lot

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Move That Bamboo!

Move That Bamboo!

Sat 4/22, 9 a.m.–noon

Bamboo is a remarkable plant, but it's also quite invasive. Lend a hand removing bamboo and other invasive plants on Earth Day. Hang out after the hard work to make a bamboo rain stick and meet some of the feathered friends that call Farbach home! Recommended for ages 10 and up. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn (Free, register by 4/20)

30th Annual Winton Woods Cleanup

30th Annual Winton Woods Cleanup

Sat 4/8, 9 a.m. - noon

It's spring cleaning time at Winton Woods! Join Great Parks, Forest Park Environmental Awareness and other dedicated volunteers for our 30th year of cleaning up around the lake. Stick around to enjoy a warm fire, grilled lunch, prizes and plenty of raffle giveaways! Volunteers of all ages welcome. Winton Woods/Kestral Point picnic shelter (Free, no registration required)

Great Parks' Greenup

Great Parks' Greenup

Sat 5/13, 9 a.m. - noon

Help us plant the seeds to turn a mowed area into a budding pollinator meadow and remove invasive species so future native plants can thrive. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take home a packet of native seeds and create a mason bee house to enhance their own pollinator haven! Ages 14 and up. Fernbank Park/Lee Shelter (Free, register by 5/10)

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 service-learning opportunities await your school at our 21 parks and preserves. Great Parks’ staff and volunteers will work onsite with students to create a memorable, hands-on learning experience. To start the process, please fill out the online application below during an open application period.

Spring application period

Monday, January 1 – Monday, February 6
For projects taking place in March, April or May

Fall application period
Monday, August 14 – Monday, September 11
For projects taking place in October or November

Please note: Due to limited project availability and park resources, applications will be evaluated based on group size, project feasibility and will be assessed on first-come, first-served basis. Great Parks will not be able to accept all projects, but encourages schools to reapply as often as they would like.

Corporate Volunteer Projects
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!
Volunteer Newsletters
Current volunteers can stay current on park news and upcoming opportunities with the GrapeVINE and StewCrew newsletters.

March 2017 April 2017
January 2017 February 2017 March 2017
Volunteer Logins
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.

VIC Login
Current registered volunteers can log in below to register and participate in Great Parks volunteer training.

Training 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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