Volunteer

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 us 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!

Friday Community Garden Workdays

From March-November, we work in 4 of our community gardens on a regular basis! Workdays are from 9am-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:

September 13th: Julie Hanser Community Garden (located at 2627 Stanton Ave, Cincinnati OH 45204)

September 20th: Pendleton School Garden (located at 406-410 East 13th Street, Cincinnati OH 45210)

September 27th: Concord Street Community Garden (located at 2400 Concord Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206)

October 4th: Spring Grove Village Community Garden (located at 4680 Chickering Ave, Cincinnati OH 45232)

October 11th: Julie Hanser Community Garden (located at 2627 Stanton Ave, Cincinnati OH 45204)

October 18th: Pendleton School Garden (located at 406-410 East 13th Street, Cincinnati OH 45210)

October 25th: Concord Street Community Garden (located at 2400 Concord Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206)

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:

September 7th: Workday at West End Community Garden, located at 941 Poplar St, Cincinnati, OH 45214, from 10am-1pm

September 14th: Workday at Cincinnati Bible Way Community Garden, located at 6315 Sierra St., Cincinnati 45227, from 9-11am.

September 21st: Workday at S Cumminsville Community Garden, located at 3600 block of Roll Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223, from 9-11am

October 5th: Workday at West End Community Garden, located at 941 Poplar St, Cincinnati, OH 45214, from 10am-1pm

October 12th: Workday at Melrose Community Garden, located at 2647 Melrose Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206, from 10am-1pm

October 19th: Workday at S Cumminsville Community Garden, located at 3600 block of Roll Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223, from 9-11am

October 26th: Workday at West End Community Garden, located at 941 Poplar St, Cincinnati, OH 45214, from 10am-1pm

November 9th: Workday at Melrose Community Garden, located at 2647 Melrose Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206, from 10am-1pm

Treeforestation: Invasive Plant Removal

We’ve kicked off a new project at the CGC: Treeforestation. Many of Cincinnati’s green spaces are overrun with invasive plants. As more and more ash trees come down, thinning our tree canopy, there is increasingly more room for invasive species (Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, Garlic Mustard) to take over and exclude our native plants and animals. We started this reforestation project to save and protect Cincinnati’s green spaces. We will begin by having a series of invasive removal workdays, and then will begin planting native trees.

The first space we’re focusing on is Walnut Woods, a 10-acre property adjacent to Walnut Hills High School. We will be restoring it in collaboration with Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati Parks, the Evanston Community and more. This is an ongoing project, and we could use your help! Our next workday is: Saturday, September 21st from 9am to 12pm.

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 Street & we’ll gather on the sidewalk in front of the school.

Volunteer Workday Dates:

  • Saturday, September 21, 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday, October 12, 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday, October 26, 9am to 12pm (First tree planting day!)
  • Saturday, November 23, 9am to 12pm
  • 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:

  • You need to sign the Cincinnati Parks Volunteer Waiver. One waiver covers entire school year.
  • 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 “group me!” 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 Jenn Bakes at volunteer@civicgardencenter.org.

Upcoming YP events include:

Thursday, October 17th, 6-8pm: Walk & Talk with Greg Torres

Thursday, November 14th, 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

is 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

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.

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

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