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!

The Plant Sale

Our most critical volunteer need right now! This year, our sale runs from Thursday, May 3rd, to Saturday, May 5th. We have a variety of volunteer tasks & shifts all three days, and the week leading up. Please sign up and help us put on our favorite event of the year! Sign up here.

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. No experience necessary! All you need to bring is water, and wear clothes that you can get dirty. These resume on Friday, March 23rd, and will continue through the fall.

Saturday Community Garden Workdays

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 workdays 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. Workdays will be resuming in April, and more details are provided in the events for each, listed on our calendar. These opportunities include:

Saturday, April 14th, 10am-1pm in West McMicken Community Garden

Saturday, April 21st, 10:30am-1pm in West End Community Garden

Saturday, April 28th, 9:45am-1pm in Walnut Hills Community Gardens

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 both beginner and experienced 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:

Happy Planet Happy Hour of Plant Sale, Friday, May 4th, 4:30-7:30pm

Reforestation Workday, Saturday, June 16th (details TBA)

Bird Walk with Audubon, Saturday, June 30th, 10am-12pm

Drink & Learn at Taft’s Ale House on Toxic Materials in Household Products, Thursday, July 19th, 6-8pm


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! We will be sending out a sign-up sheet of tasks in the coming weeks.

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.


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 volunteers must attend a training date. We are currently at capacity for spring, but will be seeking volunteers in the fall.

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 volunteers must attend a training date. We are currently at capacity for spring, but will be seeking volunteers in the fall.

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