Volunteer Opportunities

Please see the list below for current volunteer opportunities with our member organizations. If you are a Green Umbrella member and would like to submit a volunteer posting, please send it to greennews@greenumbrella.org.
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  • March 27, 2020 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Friends of the Little Miami State Park

    Friends of the Little Miami State Park, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Children's Injury Center, is hosting a free bike helmet giveaway, and they need your help!

    Children over age 3 and teens are the preferred recipients for this bicycle-safety event to be held near the trail in downtown Loveland on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Adult volunteers are needed to distribute helmets and educate helmet recipients on proper helmet fitting. Volunteers should plan to attend a 30-minute training session at noon on Friday, May 22 in Loveland. Contact Don Hahn at dhahnj@gmail.com if you are able to help.

  • March 13, 2020 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cardinal Land Conservancy

    Plant Trees. Feel Better.

    By Andy Dickerson, Executive Director, Cardinal Land Conservancy

    Want to do something that will really make you feel terrific? Help us plant trees this weekend. The feeling of accomplish that will benefit generations to come is good for the soul. We have a couple thousand baby trees to put in the ground and we can’t wait to plant them with you. You will enjoy the short drive to Wilmington. I know these are troubling times, but at this event we will be spread out over 30 acres so you can be as isolated as you like while still enjoying the impact of many hands working together. We will practice safe social distancing while still being able to work together.

    We will be planting trees at our Todd's Fork Nature Preserve. Come check out this 220-acre nature preserve, just outside of Wilmington, and help us with this exciting stewardship project. Come and go as you please starting Saturday March 14th at 10:00 a.m. Bring shovels, gloves and water and dress for the weather - trees actually love a small amount of rain!

    Contact us at andy@cardinallandconservancy.org for more information.

    Click here for the google map with directions: MAP https://goo.gl/maps/eLGHbi4ALmS2TYk3A



  • March 12, 2020 9:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Boone County Conservation District

    Contact: Rhonda Ritzi

    859-525-7529

    Reforestnky@nkyurbanforestry.org

    SAVE THE DATE: Reforest Northern Kentucky on April 4th, 2020

    The annual volunteer event, Reforest NKY, will take place on April 4th, 2020, from 9:30am to 12:30pm in Boone County at Boone Woods Park (6000 Veterans Way, Burlington, KY 41005). Join us in the back of the park at Shelter 3 for registration and breakfast. Parking will be on-site in the surrounding parking lots - please carpool!

    Reforest NKY is organized by the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council to restore Kentucky’s native woodlands. This reforestation project is responsible for planting thousands of tree seedlings and saplings on previously mowed properties in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties. This event is an opportunity for public education and awareness about the importance of trees in our region. By planting trees, our forest landscape and legacy is restored! Trees and forests provide significant, measurable benefits to our communities by improving the environment, economy, and our quality of life. Over the last 12 years, more than 40 acres (that’s 30 football fields!) of land have been planted with native woodland trees and over 2,500 volunteers have participated in Reforest NKY. Thank you to our sponsors this year: Duke Energy and Great Lakes Brewing Company.

    REGISTER NOW at http://www.nkyurbanforestry.org/reforest-nky.html Act fast and get your Reforest NKY t-shirt through registering by March 23rd! Limited supplies last. Registration closes on March 28th. Volunteers will receive a FREE native tree seedling to take home to continue Northern Kentucky’s reforestation in their own backyard.

    To learn more about Reforest NKY or the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council, please visit http://www.nkyurbanforestry.org/.

    SEE YOU WITH THE TREES!

    For further information, please contact Reforest NKY Committee Chair Rhonda Ritzi at 859-525-PLAY (7529) or reforestnky@nkyurbanforestry.org.


  • March 06, 2020 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Imago

    IMAGO AMIGOS SERVICE DAY

    Join us for a fun service morning of landscaping, trail work, gardening and habitat restoration. Perfect for a group or individuals.

    Dates: 3/14, 4/8, 4/11, 5/9

    Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Location: Imago, 700 Enright Avenue

  • March 05, 2020 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Friday, May 8, 8am - 12pm

    Cincinnati Parks is gearing up for the 14th annual Mayor's Corporate Challenge! 

    Each year, for the last 13 years, thousands of volunteers have joined in the tremendous group effort of helping Cincinnati Parks kick off our season by accomplishing projects that vital to the preparation and maintenance of our parks. Groups of many sizes and abilities perform important conservation and beautification tasks that impact the work of our staff and help keep our Parks safe and beautiful! Examples of work include:

    • Mulching trees, beds & playgrounds
    • Planting trees & annuals
    • Horticulture maintenance
    • Invasive species and brush removal

    Parks has been fortunate to have the continued support from our dedicated and enthusiastic partners, and we are looking forward to what this year will bring! Please register your corporation for participation today!  


  • March 05, 2020 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Ault Park Cherry Tree Planting

    Saturday, March 21 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

    each year, in early spring people visit Ault Park to see the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. Their breathtaking bueauty means so much for parks enthusiasts, and to our dedicated community who help nurture this special tradition for our city. Cincinnati Parks has received a gift of thirty Cherry Trees from a generous fundraising effort initiated by Ault Park Advisory Council (APAC).

    The goal is to replenish the established Cherry Tree groves to sustain the groves that have been supported over decades by the Japan America Society, APAC, and many other community volunteers and donors.

    Volunteers will use shovels, pick axes, and other hand tools to dig holes and plant, fill and and mulch the trees that will be staged and ready! Parks staff and our experienced volunteers will provide orientation and guidance through the process.

    Volunteers should be prepared for the weather, wear long pants and layers (long sleeves), close-toed shoes are required. Gloves recommended, there will be a limited supply on site. Suggested: refillable water bottle - there will be water cooler on site for volunteers to fill a bottle. Cincinnati Parks discourages single - use plastics.


  • February 26, 2020 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability

    Trainings are currently postponed but they are still seeking ambassadors!


  • February 25, 2020 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Boone County Conservation District

    Help us celebrate our Earth with a good old fashioned stream clean up! We will provide gloves, trash bags, shovels, and snacks - just bring yourself and be prepared to get muddy.

    All ages welcome - bring your friends!

    Sponsored by Boone County Solid Waste, Boone County Parks, and the Boone County Conservation District.

    When: Wednesday April 22 from 5-7 pm

    Where: Oakbrook Park, 6605 Oakbrook Dr, Florence, KY 41042


  • February 19, 2020 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm

    As a Volunteer Farm Educator you will get to:

    Learn new skills and information relating to farm animal interactions, agriculture, and education while being a farm guide for children as part of a talented and enthusiastic staff

    Attend volunteer enrichment workshops and volunteer appreciation events

    Gain work-related experience while earning community service credit, if needed

    Volunteer Farm Educators are expected to:

    Lead meaningful, educational, and safe farm experiences for groups of about 10 children. Volunteer Farm Educators help school groups have a safe, happy and empowering experience by being an effective and engaging teacher on topics like gardening, pollination, food sources, farm animal interactions, and Ohio history, which supports the mission of Gorman Heritage Farm. Educators are not responsible for the direct supervision of children, only the presentation of material; Gorman Heritage Farm requires supervision from school group chaperones and teachers.

    Come to volunteer on scheduled days with a positive attitude prepared to teach children. Volunteer Farm Educators are expected to be punctual and dependable in their arrival, with a professional and farm-appropriate attire. A name tag and a Gorman Heritage Farm T-shirt will be provided.

    Work with other Volunteer Farm Educators, Education Coordinator, and Director of Education to enhance and improve our programs. We work and play together as an effective team blending staff and volunteers. We offer our volunteers opportunities and resources for growth and learning. Volunteer Farm Educators are expected to read the educational materials provided and be responsive to feedback. We also appreciate and listen to the feedback of our volunteers as the season progresses.

    Provide leadership, structure and organization. Educators welcome visitors to the site, answer questions, and direct visitors to restrooms and first aid locations. Educators are able to appropriately and politely direct chaperones in the event that support is needed during an education tour. Educators communicate issues and questions from tour groups to staff members. Educators are also responsible for instructing visitors in emergency procedures should the need arise, with direction from staff members.


  • February 15, 2020 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Great Backyard Bird Count, February 15th

    Join us in partnership with Cincinnati Parks for the 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a collaborative citizen science project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get outside for a morning of bird watching and identification. We will join bird watchers from over 100 countries around the world in this Great Backyard Bird Count weekend of birding and contribute our observations to eBird, a database that scientists use to monitor changes in bird populations and ranges. 

    This event will take place at Burnett Woods and we will be birding with some local experts so no experience is necessary. We ask that you bring your own pair of binoculars and we’ll have a few spares on hand. This opportunity is open to adults and small groups/families of all ages. Participants should be prepared to walk for an extended period of time. Total participation is limited to 20. We won’t let a little rain get in our way. However, severe weather will require us to cancel. Additional event details and meeting location will be sent with a confirmation email following sign up. Sign-ups are open now through February 12th!


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