Volunteer With The Nature Conservancy

Volunteering in Central Ohio


Volunteers plant trees at Big Darby Headwaters Preserve.
Tree Planting Reforesting Ohio's natural areas creates wildlife habitat while increasing water quality in nearby streams and wetlands. © David Ike
Volunteer Overview

From native plant strewardship and trail maintenance to education and outreach, there are so many ways to get involved as a volunteer with The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. Whether you're a student, retiree or working professional, we have a role that will fit your skills and schedule.

In addition to helping preserve the natural environment, volunteering with our program provides a chance to connect with like-minded individuals, learn new skills and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world. If you're ready to make a difference and give back to the community, we encourage you to contact us today to become a volunteer. Thank you for your interest in supporting our goal to protect and preserve nature for people and wildlife.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tree Planting

Once dominated by forests, Ohio’s landscape has been heavily altered since colonization. Volunteers can help restore the beauty and bounty of our forests and protect the integrity of wildlife habitat through tree planting. Flexible schedule.

Native Plant Stewardship

Nuisance plants threaten Ohio’s natural areas by displacing native plants, degrading wildlife habitat and increasing erosion and siltation in streams. Volunteers can help TNC remove these plants from Big Darby Headwaters Preserve. Year round, flexible schedule.

Seed Collection

Native plants are critically important to the health of ecosystems. Volunteers can help TNC collect native plant seeds from Kitty Todd Nature Preserve that will be propagated and used in restoration and habitat protection projects throughout the state. Flexible schedule.

Habitat and Wildlife Monitoring

Understanding changes in the land or wildlife abundance is critical to the conservation of natural areas. From documenting different pollinators to monitoring the native plant communities, volunteers can help us evaluate habitat health and species at Big Darby Headwater Preserve. Year round, flexible schedule.

How to Sign Up

Contact Ohio Community and Conservation Specialist Angie Burke at ohvolunteer@tnc.org if you are interested in signing up for any of the volunteer opportunities listed above. We're excited to work with you!

In person work
Central Ohio
Multiple dates and varied times

Preserves are open sunrise to sunset.


Reach out to Community and Conservation Specialist Angie Burke at ohvolunteer@tnc.org  for specific volunteering opportunities.

Angie Burke

Learn More About Ohio Preserves

From wetlands and rivers to forests and prairies, TNC is protecting Ohio's most biodiverse places throughout the state. Learn more about our preserves and plan your visit today!