Volunteer Activities

Volunteers Make It Happen!

Join the individuals who make a difference in the Ohio River watershed. Show your commitment by becoming an ORF volunteer. Here our activities for 2017 (updated August 1):

Note: To participate in hands-on restoration projects you must be 18 years or older, or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

November 2017

Saturday, November 4th Forest Restoration at California Woods (Cincinnati Parks)

ACTIVITY: Cutting stems of invasive honeysuckle bushes with loppers and bow saws to protect and restore our native forest plants. We'll show you how to recognize the honeysuckle and what to do. A park staff person will be painting the fresh stumps with weedkiller. There will be other support tasks available. 

TIME: 9am to 1pm. Please arrive at the start time so we all know what we're doing and can work well together.

WHERE TO MEET: At the California Woods Program Center (yellowish brick building). From the Kellogg entrance, drive to the main parking lot by the brick building. We will meet outside or inside the building, depending on weather.  

Tools and gloves provided, or bring your own.

If there is enough interest, we will end with a short guided hike to learn about the native plants that we're protecting and restoring!

September 2017

What: Paddle and cleanup: Water Quality and Winton Lake Cleanup

When: September 1, 6:00 - 8:00pm (CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER)

Where: Winton Lake, 10245 Winton Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45231

Come paddle with us! Ohio River Foundation, Great Parks of Hamilton County and Rivers Unlimited are co-hosting a series of paddle programs to promote the quality of the Ohio River watershed. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their paddle skills (balance, strokes, maneuvers, etc.) and learn more about their paddling environment. The program will be accompanied with a lake cleanup. All equipment will be provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets. This program is for adults and children ages 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (Free)

This volunteer and education opportunity will be held at Winton Woods/Winton Lake public canoe kayak launch.

The program will be canceled if: (1) there is thunder while we are on the lake, or (2) Winton Lake is 678 feet (or higher), or (3) the combined water and air temperature do not meet 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Please click on the link to register: http://bit.ly/2tqGYc7 See you at the lake!

August 2017

What: Paddle and cleanup: Water Quality and Winton Lake Cleanup

When: August 4, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Where: Winton Lake, 10245 Winton Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45231

Come paddle with us! Ohio River Foundation, Great Parks of Hamilton County and Rivers Unlimited are co-hosting a series of paddle programs to promote the quality of the Ohio River watershed. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their paddle skills (balance, strokes, maneuvers, etc.) and learn more about their paddling environment. The program will be accompanied with a lake cleanup. All equipment will be provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets. This program is for adults and children ages 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (Free)

This volunteer and education opportunity will be held at Winton Woods/Winton Lake public canoe kayak launch.

The program will be canceled if: (1) there is thunder while we are on the lake, or (2) Winton Lake is 678 feet (or higher), or (3) the combined water and air temperature do not meet 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Please click on the link to register: http://bit.ly/2tqGYc7 See you at the lake!

July 2017

When: July 15, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
ORF volunteers will help with restoration efforts at the Blue Ash Summit Park. Activities include installing wetland plants.
What to bring:
~ Water
~ Gloves
~ boots you don't mind getting muddy
~ Preferred garden tools
There is a restroom on-site

Location:
Summit Park, Blue Ash, OH

May 2017

When: May 6, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
ORF volunteers will help with restoration efforts at the Cincinnati Zoo’s EcOhio Wetland. Activities include removing invasive plant species, propagating wetland sedge, and planting trees.
What to bring:
~ Water
~ Gloves
~ Snack/Lunch
~ Waterproof boots or waders if you have them
~ Preferred garden tools
There is a port-o-let on site

Location:
2210 Mason Montgomery Rd, Lebanon, OH 45036
The entrance is a quarter mile south of the intersection of Hamilton Rd. and Mason-Montgomery Rd. (Hamilton Rd. is the northern terminus of Mason-Montgomery Rd.).
3 barns on the east side of Mason-Montgomery Rd, one of which has an EcOhio sign:
Follow the gravel drive below the barns where you’ll see the three quonsets/greenhouses.
~Parking is not defined so find the best place you see fit (do not park near the barn with the sign on it, because Green BEAN Delivery needs the space for their operation).
Questions contact: Jenny Kane, ORF Volunteer Coordinator jkane@ohioriverfdn.org 513.344.7676 Or Chase Bodkin, Cincinnati Zoo chase.bodkin@cincinnatizoo.org | 859-816-8350

April 2017

When: April 1st, 2017  8:30 am – 1:30 pm             
Summary: April 1st Stewardship Saturday! This Saturday we will be at Camp Michaels Boy Scout camp in Union, KY from 8:30 am-1:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to help with restoration plantings following the successful removal of the Gunpowder Creek Dam. Restoration activities include planting trees and removing invasive species such as honeysuckle from the riparian area of Gunpowder Creek. Tools will be available but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own shovel and/or loppers if they have them. Come for a couple of hours or the whole day, whatever your able to do!
Activity: Planting trees, removing invasive species
Where: Camp Michaels
3486 Hathaway Road
Union, KY 41091
What to Bring: Water, gloves and shovel/loppers if you have them. Lunch will be provided by the Boy Scouts; they will do a head count in the morning so if you’re just showing up for the afternoon don’t forget to bring snacks or a lunch!
Contact info: For additional info, questions and RSVP please contact Jenny Kane, Membership & Volunteer Associate at jkane@ohioriverfdn.org or (513)344-7676.

Outreach and Education

Fairs and festivals: Represent ORF at boat shows, festivals, fairs, and other outreach events.

To find out more about these opportunities, contact us