Volunteer Registration

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. First things first, fill out a new volunteer registration form by clicking below and then you’re ready to start signing-up for volunteer events!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Civic Garden Center and play a crucial role in the success of everything we do. Volunteers work in throughout the Cincinnati region supporting our network of community gardens and orchards, forest restoration sites, and maintaining our grounds Hauck Botanic Gardens in Avondale.

Click Here to Register as a New Volunteer

Please email volunteer@civicgardencenter.org or call (513)-221-0981 with any questions.


Volunteer Safety Protocol

We consider the safety of our volunteers our upmost priority at all times. In response to Covid-19, we have updated safety protocols. See our updated safety protocol here: 2020 CGC Safety Protocol.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities


Our Treeforestation program aims to restore local forests to native habitats, free of invasive species and accessible to nearby communities. Volunteers participate in removing invasive species, building and maintaining trails, and replanting with native plants and trees.




Community & School Gardens

The Community Gardens program is one of our longest running initiatives consisting of more than 100 community and schools gardens within our network. We support these gardens with educational opportunities, resources such as seeds, and volunteer support. Volunteers participate in a wide variety of tasks including planting, weeding, mulching, harvesting, and other garden maintenance tasks.



Hauck Botanic Gardens

The Civic Garden Center is located on an 8 acre park, Hauck Botanic Gardens, which we share with Cincinnati Parks. Since our organization moved to this location in the 1950’s, maintaining the botanic gardens with the help of volunteers has been one of our primary initiatives. Volunteers participate in planting, weeding, mulching, pruning, collecting, seeds, and a wide variety of garden maintenance tasks.




Corporate & Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available for groups of all sizes working to maintain our grounds, work in one of our community gardens, or helping with forest restoration work in a local forest. Volunteer opportunities will depend on the size of your group and when your group is available to volunteer.

To inquire about group volunteer opportunities please email or call Sam Settlemyre, ssettlemyre@civicgardencenter.org or 513-221-0981.


Additional Opportunities

The Dirt Crew

Our dependable, amazing Dirt Crew volunteers are here every Wednesday mornings 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. There are no sign-ups for this group, to get involved please reach out directly to Sam Settlemyre at volunteer@civicgardencenter.org

For any additional information on volunteering, please contact us at:

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