Volunteer Work Day at Herrick Fen
Volunteer Work Day Volunteer Work Day at Herrick Fen © H. Garris

Stories in Ohio

Volunteering in Ohio

Have a positive impact on the environment and meet new people with similar passions!

Welcome to TNC Ohio’s Volunteer Program!

Thank you for your interest in helping to protect and preserve nature on our spectacular preserves all over Ohio!  We need your help and we want you to be part of our conservation community. When you sign up to volunteer for The Nature Conservancy, you will be welcomed into a family of dedicated individuals committed to protecting our state's finest natural areas.

Whether you are interested in getting your boots dirty on our trails or organizing data at our office, the days you spend volunteering help protect and enrich the communities in Ohio.

Contact us today to join our effort!  Angela Burke, Volunteer Coordinator, (614) 339-8114,  angela.burke@tnc.org

Get Started: Use this Volunteer Information Form to tell us about your interests and let us know the best way to reach you.  Send this form to our Volunteer Coordinator. You will then be added to our volunteer email list and will receive updates on events in your area.

Sign-up for a Project: Contact our Volunteer Coordinator and indicate the project location(s) and date(s) you’d like to attend. Once you sign up for a project you will be provided all necessary details to participate.  

*You must sign up for a project before getting more information such as location and where to park.

Join us for a day in the field:  Our stewardship program manages natural areas throughout Ohio and your help is instrumental in completing the seasonal “to-do” list. Join us for a volunteer workday to remove invasive plants, improve trails, or collect seeds. Most workdays take place from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

See this full List of Volunteer Work Days and choose which you would like to join.

Help out with a special ongoing volunteer project: We have a few opportunities for individuals to take ownership of some projects.  Contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in any of the following and would like more information:

  • Big Darby Headwaters: Biological monitoring of pollinators. April-October.
  • Edge of Appalachia: Trail maintenance and invasive removal.
  • Kitty Todd: Site clean-up for new tracts added. Flexible schedule.
  • Kitty Todd: Preserve and equipment maintenance. Year round, as needed.  
  • Kitty Todd: Rare species and general biological monitoring. Flexible schedule.
  • Kitty Todd: Stewardship Workday Leader. Weekends March-November.
  • Kitty Todd: Mowing lawn around preserve office. May-September. 
  • Kitty Todd: Native demonstration garden maintenance. April- October. 
  • Kitty Todd: Hike Leader and naturalist. First Saturday of each month May-October.  
  • Oak Openings region (NW Ohio): If you would like to get more involved in the Oak Openings region please contact Ashlee Decker, Ashlee.decker@tnc.org with the Green Ribbon Initiative.
  • Grand River Conservation Campus: Routine maintenance and construction projects. Flexible schedule.
  • Grand River Conservation Campus: Nature Center staff volunteer at The Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center in northeast Ohio. Flexible schedule.
  • Great Egret Marsh: Restoration and maintenance, including litter removal, native seed collection, trail maintenance, and mowing. Flexible schedule. Contact Matt Kovach, matthew.kovach@tnc.org.
  • Biological monitoring of amphibians and birds in marshes and wetlands. March-October. If you are interested in becoming a Marsh Monitor Volunteer, go to http://www.ohwetlands.org/marsh-monitoring-training.html for details and registration.
  • Community outreach at local preserves or special events. Flexible schedule.
  • Prescribed Fire Team Member (various preserves). Spring and Fall. Minimum 8 hours/day, 3 days/year. Training required.