Volunteer

Volunteer Registration

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!

REGISTER HERE to become a volunteer.

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

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Record Your Hours

Already a Volunteer? Record Your Volunteer Hours!

 Please click here to record your volunteer work hours.  Click here to print volunteer Hours Log, please turn this form in at our front desk.

The CGC tracks the number of hours that our volunteers work. We use these hours in grant writing and reporting.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Friday Community Garden Workdays

From March-November, we work in 4 of our community gardens on a regular basis! Workdays are from 9-11:30am. Make sure to wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring water. Beginners welcome! We’ll be meeting at the gardens. Here is the schedule of upcoming workdays:

No more workdays until spring, check back once the weather is a little warmer!

Saturday Community Garden Workdays

If you’re only free on the weekends, fear not! We now offer Saturday workdays for volunteers only available to get involved on weekends. These workdays go from March-November, and each session focuses on a getting or keeping a different community garden in good shape. These opportunities are great for beginner as well as experienced gardeners. Workdays will be twice every month, and will always be posted on our website. Our upcoming workdays are:

No more workdays until spring, check back once the weather is a little warmer!

Treeforestation: Invasive Plant Removal

The CGC has partnered with Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati Parks, and the Evanston Community Council to restore 10 acres of forest directly adjacent to Walnut Hills High School. In response to the overwhelming number of invasive species taking root in our local forests, we are working with students to remove invasive plants (Asian Honeysuckle, Japanese Knotweed, Garlic Mustard, and more) and replant with native trees, shrubs, and flowers. We started this reforestation project to save and protect Cincinnati’s green spaces and we need your help, REGISTER NOW!

We have made a long term commitment to not only restore this valuable urban green space, but to transform this forest into an educational space to be used by students and the local community. This is an ongoing project, our next workday is: Saturday, November 23rd from 9am to 12pm. Too busy to make it out for one of our volunteer events? Please consider supporting this effort by making a small donation, DONATE HERE.

All Volunteer workdays are on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. Workdays are at Walnut Woods, located at Walnut Hills High School (3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207). Park on Sulsar Ave & we’ll gather on the sidewalk in front of the school, pictured below.

Volunteer Workday Dates:

  • Saturday, November 23, 9am to 12pm (First Tree Planting!)
  • Saturday, December 7, 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday, January 25, 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday, February 22, 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday, April 18, 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday, May 2, 9am to 12pm

Here are things you need to know when volunteering for Treeforestation:

  • REGISTER FOR TREEFORESTATION HERE: https://cincinnatiparks.regfox.com/walnut-woods-treeforestation-project
  • Dress for the weather and wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Plants can be thorny, there could be poison ivy, and the terrain is uneven.
  • Wear clothes and shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy and/or dirty.
  • Bring a bottle of water and eat a good breakfast. We will provide snacks throughout the morning to keep you fueled up!
  • Bring work or gardening gloves if you have them. If not, you can borrow a pair from us.
  • Stay in the loop. Ask to join our email list! We’ll use this form of communication to make announcements and cancel workdays in case of inclement weather.

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 Sam Settlemyre at volunteer@civicgardencenter.org.

Upcoming YP events include:

Thursday, November 14th, 5pm-8pm: Taft Museum House Party

Thursday, December 5th, 6-8pm: Terrariums for Your Home or Office

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.

The Compost Kids Program

Our youth educator is always 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) September & October.

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Ellie Falk at 513-221-0981.

The Green Learning Station Program

This program engages individuals who are excited about teaching middle and high school students about stormwater management, water quality, and green infrastructure.

Weekly programs are Wednesday and Thursday mornings (8:30am-12:30 pm) in September & October.

If you’re interested in learning more about this program, please contact Kylie Johnson at 513-221-0981.

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 9am -12pm or 12:30-4pm. We currently have the afternoon shifts on Tuesdays & Fridays available. Let us know if you’re interested!

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.

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

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