Volunteer With The Nature Conservancy

Volunteering in Southern Ohio


Hikers hike along forested trail at Edge of Appalachia Preserve.
Buckeye Trail The Buckeye Trail follows the Joan Jones Portman Trail at the Edge of Appalachia for a bit before continuing. © Randall L. Schieber
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 planting trees at the Edge of Appalachia Preserve. 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 Edge of Appalachia Preserve. Year round, flexible schedule.

Trail Maintenance

Trail maintenance is essential in keeping preserves neat and natural so they can continue to be a source of pride for the community and a refuge for rare plants and animals. Volunteers can help TNC with routine trail upkeep like removing debris. 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
Southern 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!