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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.
MLK Day of Service: Seed Nursery Work Day & Tour

MLK Day of Service: Seed Nursery Work Day & Tour

Mon 1/15, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This event has been cancelled due to weather-related concerns. 

Located in Miami Whitewater Forest, Shaker Trace Nursery gathers an average of 300 pounds of locally-harvested seeds each year. These seeds are used to grow thousands of plants in restoration projects throughout the parks. Be a part of the effort when you join us for seed cleaning and sorting, followed by a grilled lunch and nursery tour. Participants will also receive their own packet of seeds!  All ages welcome. Miami Whitewater Forest/Shaker Trace Nursery. Register by 1/13

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Winton Woods Cleanup

Winton Woods Cleanup

Sat 4/14, 9 a.m. - noon

Join the community cleanup that has been making a difference for over 30 years! Bring a group, your family, your friends or work solo - removing the litter from around Winton Woods Lake requires all the hands we can get. Afterwards stick around to enjoy a grilled lunch and raffle giveaways. Winton Woods/Kestral Point picnic shelter (Free, register by 4/13)

Earth Day Tree Planting

Earth Day Tree Planting

Sat 4/21, 9 a.m. - noon 

Trees provide us with shade, oxygen and natural habitat. Plus, they sure are pretty to look at! Celebrate Earth Day by helping us replace a split rail fence with a living wall of native trees. All ages welcome. Mitchell Memorial Forest/Stone Memorial Shelter (Free, register by 4/18) 

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 – Friday, February 9
For projects taking place in March, April or May

Fall application period
Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 22
Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 31 
For projects taking place in September, 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. All projects require a signed waiver for each student and chaperone in order to participate. Ages 18 and under must have an additional parent/guardian signature.

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.


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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 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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