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!

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Thursday, May 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm

As you may or may not know, there are only 7 of us on staff here at the CGC. Which means we rely heavily on all of you, our wonderful volunteers, to accomplish our mission of building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship every year. We counted over 6,150 volunteer hours for 2018! You all are truly amazing, and we’d like to invite you to come and be recognized for your work and dedication on May 23rd, from 5:30-7:30pm. While we can’t even begin to fully show our appreciation for you in one evening, we’d like to give it a try, connecting further with our CGC community over food, drinks and raffle prizes! Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming. See you on the 23rd!  To register click here.


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. This year’s sale is Friday, May 3rd & Saturday, May 4th. Want to help out? Sign up for a shift! Sign up here!

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:

May 17th: Julie Hanser Community Garden (located at 2627 Stanton Ave, Cincinnati OH 45204)

May 24th: Pendleton School Garden (located at 406-410 East 13th Street, Cincinnati OH 45210)

May 31st: Concord Street Community Garden (located at 2400 Concord St, Cincinnati, OH 45206)

June 7th: Spring Grove Village Community Garden (located at 4680 Chickering Ave, Cincinnati OH 45232)

Saturday Community Garden Workdays

If you’re only free on the weekends, fear not! We now offer Saturday workdays for volunteers only available on weekends to get involved. These workdays go from March-November, and 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 twice every month, and will always be posted on our website. Our upcoming workdays are:

May 25th: Workday at West End Community Garden (located at 941 Poplar St., Cincinnati, OH 45214), from 10am-1pm

Treeforestation: Invasive Plant Removal

We’re kicking 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. Therefore, rather than having our Christmas Tree Sale, we are kicking off this reforestation project to save and protect Cincinnati’s green spaces. We will begin by having a series of invasive removal workdays this fall and next spring. We will then begin planting native trees in the fall of 2019.

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, UC, the Evanston Community and more. This will be an ongoing project, and we could use your help! Our next workday is:

June 1st: Workday 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. 11am-2pm.

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.

This group is now also focused on helping us with our newest project, Treeforestation. Our next YP event will be combined with our next workday in June, which will be on June 1st (see details above). We’ll work at Walnut Woods (3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207) from 11am-12:45pm, and then we’ll head to Listermann Brewing Company (1621 Dana Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207) afterward, from about 2-4pm. Hope to see you there!

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) April & May. We have enough volunteers for spring, but reach out if you’re interested in helping out in the fall.

The Green Learning Station Program

is 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) in April & May. We have enough volunteers for spring, but reach out if you’re interested in helping out 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