Volunteer Activities

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Join the individuals who make a difference in the Ohio River watershed. Show your commitment by becoming an ORF volunteer.

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

2018 (Scroll down for listings)

DECEMBER

Saturday, December 1st from 9 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks will work with members of the Alms Park Advisory Council and community volunteers at Alms Park in targeted areas for the removal of invasive plants. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the pavilion. Location: 710 Tusculum Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

Sunday, December 2nd from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m
Help us remove invasive plants at Summit Park in Blue Ash. Volunteers should wear long pants made of a tough material (no tights) and sturdy work boots/shoes. Long sleeves and a hat are recommended. Please bring gloves if you have them. Snacks and drinks will be provided. We want to reduce our waste, so bring a reusable water bottle. Park and meet near the dog park. Location: 4335 Glendale Milford Road. For more information, contact Sarah Meadows at smeadows031@gmail.com or 513-279-8958.  

Saturday, Decmber 8th from 8:30 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks has been working with Walnut Hills High School students on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants and eventually creating an outdoor land lab. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the school. Location: 3201 Sulsar Street, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 3 from 9am-1pm
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. MCURC (Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation)/ The Little Duck Creek Task Force has been working with Cincinnati Parks and community volunteers on park property in various areas adjacent the Little Duck Creek. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants, and other improvements to the park areas. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in the school (Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy) parking lot. Location: 4322 Homer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

Friday, November 9th from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. OR 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
After a hugely successful first year in 2017, ORF is bringing the Cincinnati Coffee Festival back to Cincinnati Music Hall. New this year is a Trade Day on Friday. Volunteers are needed to help with setup and other activities that day. Best of all, volunteers get FREE admission to the festival! Please fill out the form with your desired timeslot at www.cincinnaticoffeefestival.com/volunteer-registration.

Saturday, November 10th from 8:30 a.m. - noon OR 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. OR 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
After a hugely successful first year in 2017, ORF is bringing the Cincinnati Coffee Festival back to Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St. in Over-the-Rhine. Volunteers are needed to help with a range of activities, such as assisting vendors and handing out "swag" bags. Best of all, volunteers get FREE admission to the festival! Please fill out the form with your desired timeslot at www.cincinnaticoffeefestival.com/volunteer-registration.  

Saturday, November 10th from 9 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks will work with members of the Alms Park Advisory Council and community volunteers at Alms Park in targeted areas for the removal of invasive plants. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the pavilion. Location: 710 Tusculum Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070 

Sunday, November 11th from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. OR 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Host: ORF. After a hugely successful first year in 2017, ORF is bringing the Cincinnati Coffee Festival back to Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St. in Over-the-Rhine. Volunteers are needed to help with a range of activities, such as assisting vendors and handing out "swag" bags. Best of all, volunteers get FREE admission to the festival! Please fill out the form with your desired timeslot at www.cincinnaticoffeefestival.com/volunteer-registration.    

Saturday, November 17th from 8:30 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks has been working with Walnut Hills High School students on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants and eventually creating an outdoor land lab. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the school. Location: 3201 Sulsar Street, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 6 from 9am-1pm
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. MCURC (Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation)/ The Little Duck Creek Task Force has been working with Cincinnati Parks and community volunteers on park property in various areas adjacent the Little Duck Creek. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants, and other improvements to the park areas. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in the school (Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy) parking lot. Location: 4322 Homer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

Saturday, October 13th from 8:30 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks has been working with Walnut Hills High School students on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants and eventually creating an outdoor land lab. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the school. Location: 3201 Sulsar Street, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

Saturday, October 20th from 8:30 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks has been working with Walnut Hills High School students on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants and eventually creating an outdoor land lab. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the school. Location: 3201 Sulsar Street, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

Saturday, October 20th from 9am - 1pm
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. MCURC (Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation)/ The Little Duck Creek Task Force has been working with Cincinnati Parks and community volunteers on park property in various areas adjacent the Little Duck Creek. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants, and other improvements to the park areas. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in the school (Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy) parking lot. Location: 4322 Homer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

Saturday, October 20th from 9 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks will work with members of the Alms Park Advisory Council and community volunteers at Alms Park in targeted areas for the removal of invasive plants. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the pavilion. Location: 710 Tusculum Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070 

Sunday, October 21st from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Help us remove invasive plants at Summit Park in Blue Ash. Volunteers should wear long pants made of a tough material (no tights) and sturdy work boots/shoes. Long sleeves and a hat are recommended. Please bring work gloves if you have them. Snacks and drinks will be provided, but please bring a reusable water bottle to help us reduce our waste. Park and meet near the dog park. Location: 4335 Glendale Milford Road. For more information, contact Sarah Meadows at smeadows031@gmail.com or 513-279-8958.

Saturday, October 27th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: 
HOST: Cincinnati Parks. California Woods, 5400 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45230. You can help us remove invasive plants (AKA cutting Amur honeysuckle bushes) to restore our native forest understory to its full, wildflowery glory. Parks Naturalist Jonathan will direct the group, and will apply poison to the freshly-cut stumps. Meet at the program center (big yellowish brick building). We have gloves, cutters, saws, etc. and you may bring your own tools (except chainsaws, sorry). Please arrive 15 minutes prior so when we start so everyone will know what to do and have what they need (and to fill out a volunteer waiver). If people are interested, we'll end with a short, guided walk to learn more about the amazing native plants we're protecting. Thanks so much for being a friend of the park! For more information, please contact
Jonathan.Duerbeck@cincinnati-oh.gov or call 513-231-867.

Saturday, October 27th from 8:30 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks has been working with Walnut Hills High School students on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants and eventually creating an outdoor land lab. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the school. Location: 3201 Sulsar Street, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 15th from 8:30 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks has been working with Walnut Hills High School students on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants and eventually creating an outdoor land lab. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the school. Location: 3201 Sulsar Street, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070 

Saturday, September 22nd from 9:00 AM – 1 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. MCURC (Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation)/ The Little Duck Creek Task Force has been working with Cincinnati Parks and community volunteers on park property in various areas adjacent the Little Duck Creek. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants, and other improvements to the park areas. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in the school (Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy) parking lot. Location: 4322 Homer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

Saturday, September 29th from 8:30 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks has been working with Walnut Hills High School students on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants and eventually creating an outdoor land lab. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the school. Location: 3201 Sulsar Street, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070 

AUGUST

Wednesday, August 8th from 9:30 AM – 4 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. MCURC (Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation)/ The Little Duck Creek Task Force has been working with Cincinnati Parks and community volunteers on park property in various areas adjacent the Little Duck Creek. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants, and other improvements to the park areas. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in the school (Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy) parking lot. Location: 4322 Homer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

Wednesday, August 22nd from 9:30 AM – 4 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. MCURC (Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation)/ The Little Duck Creek Task Force has been working with Cincinnati Parks and community volunteers on park property in various areas adjacent the Little Duck Creek. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants, and other improvements to the park areas. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in the school (Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy) parking lot. Location: 4322 Homer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070 

Saturday, August 25th from 8:30 AM – 12 PM
HOST: CINCINNATI PARKS. Cincinnati Parks has been working with Walnut Hills High School students on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project involving removal of invasive plants, planting native plants and eventually creating an outdoor land lab. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for the weather and for cutting and clearing brush. Sturdy shoes required. Meet in front of the school. Location: 3201 Sulsar Street, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Questions contact: Christyl Johnson-Roberts, Volunteer Coordinator christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov  513.321.6070

Saturday, April 28th, from 11AM - 3pm.

HOST: HAMILTON COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT. Planting live stakes along banks of Great Miami River from land and canoes. 15 y.o.+ . Host will provide drinking water, lunch. REGISTRATION REQUIRED!! Information, location, and registration at https://www.hcswcd.org/livestaking.html

Saturday, April 14th, 9 AM - noon.

HOST: WESTERN WILDLIFE COORIDOR. Habitat restoration at Whitetail Woods and Black Walnut Gorge. Leaders: Gary 513.941.5414 and Tim 513.922.2104. Meet in front of the Setco manufacturing plant on Hillside Avenue just west of Bender Rd.

Saturday, March 17th from 9 AM – noon. 

HOST: WESTERN WILDLIFE COORIDOR (WWC). Habitat restoration at Kirby Nature Preserve. Location: 2 E Main St, Addyston, OH 45002...WWC Leaders: John 513.941.4877 and Ed 513.919.5186.

Saturday, March 10th from 9 AM – 1 PM. 

HOST: BUTLER COUNTY METROPARKS. Butler County MetroParks will be planting 500 trees at the Meadow Ridge Area of their new Elk Creek MetroPark in areas that were cleared of bush honeysuckle. They plan on having the holes pre-dug and volunteers will need only to plant the trees, water, and install deer protection around selected trees. Location: 5101 Circle Parkway, Middletown OH 45042... GPS Coordinates: 39.517249 - 84.45269

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