Get Involved!

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with us! As our mission is building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship, we warmly welcome any & all who wish to join our CGC community. Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener, there is a place for you here to get involved!

To sign up for any of these opportunities, or for any additional information on volunteering, please contact Jenn Bakes at:

 volunteer@civicgardencenter.org or (513)-221-0981


Once you begin volunteering with us, log your volunteer hours here. Once you’re registered as a volunteer, you can attend our classes for free!

Community Gardens

With over 60 community gardens in the region, we have tons of opportunities available for interested volunteers. We can plug you in to work with the garden in your neighborhood, or, those with more availability and experience can join our new On-Call Garden Crew, which tackles more urgent tasks that come up at any of our gardens.


The Plant Sale: Held the first weekend in May, The Plant Sale is our largest event here at the CGC. We will need absolutely TONS of volunteers for this event, for that weekend and leading up to it. This is a great way to learn more about the Civic Garden Center & meet our other volunteers, donors & friends. Contact us to learn more!

The Christmas Tree Sale: Beginning with tree unloading the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and continuing for three weeks following, our Christmas Tree Sale also requires lots of volunteer help. It’s a great way to remain involved here in the winter, and kick off your holiday season!

Dirt Crew

Our dependable, amazing Dirt Crew volunteers are here every Wednesday morning from 9-11:30am, and always conclude with a group lunch in our library. If you’re available on Wednesdays, come get your hands dirty and enjoy the fellowship.

Friday Work Days

We are now offering an additional day for volunteers interested in gardening with us here at the CGC. Join us on Friday mornings from 9-11:30am. If you’d like, bring a packed lunch and hang around afterwards to enjoy the gardens or our library.

Saturday Clean-Ups

If you’re only free on the weekends, fear not! Beginning in September, we will be offering Saturday Clean-Up days for volunteers to get involved. These Clean-Ups will focus on a different community garden each session, to get those in need of it back in good shape. These opportunities are great for beginner gardeners as well as experienced.

Young Professional Green Team (YPGT)

Are you a young professional who loves the outdoors, but perhaps doesn’t know the first thing about gardening? Welcome! We’d love to see some fresh faces around here. YPGT will meet monthly and engage in volunteer work, learning lectures & workshops, and happy hours and other social activities.This group exists to create a community of beginner gardeners- to connect and educate young professionals about gardening and environmental conservation. To sign up or get more info, contact Jenn Bakes at volunteer@civicgardencenter.org .


Do it All Crew

We here at the CGC are also in need of some handymen to help us out around the center. Interested volunteers with more availability during the week would be much appreciated. Please reach out to us if that’s you!


Compost Kids 

The Compost Kids Program teaches students why we compost, how we use compost in our gardens, identify decomposers, and taste delicious herbs grown in fertile soil.

In the spring, we will be looking for individuals who are excited about teaching children ages 5-12 about the importance of composting, recycling, gardening & caring for our world.

Weekly programs are on Tuesday mornings (8:30 to noon), and all volunteer candidates must attend a training workshop. Look out for those in the spring!

Green Learning Station

The Green Learning Station is a place for people to get outside, play around with science and sustainability concepts and take new ideas home to try. We offer a wide range of classes, tours and workshops for people of all ages, and science field trips for middle and high school students.

In the spring, we will be seeking individuals who are excited about teaching middle and high school students about science, stormwater management and water quality to get involved.


Weekly programs are Wednesday & Thursday mornings (8:30-12:30 pm), and all volunteer candidates must attend a training workshop, which will be held in the spring.


Front Desk Reception

For those who prefer helping us out indoors, we have availability for working our front desk. Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone and gift shop point of sale. The benefits are meeting lots of wonderful, like-minded gardeners and learning a whole lot about the many programs we offer at the Civic Garden Center! Shifts are from 9:00 am-noon or noon-4:00pm and there are several days to choose from. We always have other administrative tasks you can help us with as well! Contact us and let us know what you’re interested in.

To sign up for any of these opportunities, or for any additional information on volunteering, please contact Jenn Bakes at:

 volunteer@civicgardencenter.org or (513)-221-0981