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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.
Great Miami River Cleanup

Great Miami River Cleanup

Sat 10/22, 9 a.m.–noon

This is truly a team effort! Last year, more than 800 volunteers cleaned up 22 sites along the Great Miami River – from Indian Lake in Logan, Ohio, all the way to our very own Shawnee Lookout. Come alone or bring your group to help make a difference in this very important waterway. Shawnee Lookout/Canoe & Kayak Launch (Free, register by 10/21)

Reforestation Celebration

Reforestation Celebration

Sat 10/22, 9 a.m.–noon

Thanks to volunteer and community support, Great Parks met and exceeded a commitment to plant 60,000 trees by 2016. Help us commemorate this feat by planting a few more – including the ceremonial 100,000th tree. Stick around afterwards for a live animal program and lunch. We couldn’t have done it without you! Winton Woods/Sweetgum Slopes Picnic Shelter (Free, register by 10/21)

Fall Trail Clean up with Fifty West

Fall Trail Clean up with Fifty West

Sun 10/23, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Great Parks is teaming up with our friends at 50 West to keep the Little Miami Scenic Trail clean! We'll meet at the 50 West Cycling (7669 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227) parking lot, grab some free coffee and hit the trails to pick up litter. Bring friends and family of all ages! Don't forget to wear protective clothing and shoes, and bring sturdy gloves if you have them. We hope to see you there! (Free, no registration necessary)

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 at least 10 weeks prior to your 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
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.

Fall 2016 Summer 2016 Spring 2016
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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