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!

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

We are 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) March – May.

All volunteer candidates must attend one of the following trainings:

Tuesday, March 6th, 10 am -12 pm

Tuesday, March 13th 10 am – 12 pm

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.

We are now seeking individuals who are excited about teaching middle and high school students about stormwater management and water quality in a brand new and exciting field trip, thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

Weekly programs are Wednesday and Thursday mornings (8:30-12:30 pm) from mid-             March through May.

 All candidates must attend one of the following trainings:

Friday, March 9th, 9:30 am – 12pm

Thursday, March 15th, 9:30 am – 12 pm

The Girl Scout Program

We’re also looking for individuals who are excited to work with troops ages 5-12 coming to the Civic Garden Center to complete Journeys and badges that focus on gardening, learning about nature and caring for the environment.

Programs are scheduled as requested on Saturdays 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm.

All candidates must attend the following training:

Saturday, March 10th, 9am – 11am

If you are interested in volunteering but unable to attend on this date, please let us know.

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. We take a break on these over the winter, but will be resuming in early spring!

Saturday Clean-Ups

If you’re only free on the weekends, fear not! We now offer Saturday Clean-Up days for volunteers only available on weekends 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. Currently, our community gardens are closed for the winter, but will open again in early spring, and we’ll resume the work days then.

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. 

Our upcoming events are:

YP “Drink & Learn” at Taft’s Ale House on Tuesday, March 6th from 6-8pm

Field Trip to Thomas More Field Station on Saturday, March 24th from 6-8pm

Bird Walk with Audubon Society on Saturday, April 7th from 10am-12pm

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!

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