The Steps of Volunteering

STEP 1: Apply
To participate in volunteer projects and to receive email updates, please complete this volunteer application.  The volunteer program will not share your information with other organizations.

STEP 2: Sign up for projects
View descriptions of available volunteer opportunities on the Preserve Stewardship Projects Page. To sign  up for a given project, email the volunteer coordinator at ohio@tnc.org and specify the date(s) and location(s) of the project(s) that you would like to attend.  Click here when you are ready to view and sign up for projects.

STEP 3: Check your email
Check your email on the Thursday before the project. If your registration was successful, you will receive an email with a map and project details. If you do not receive an email, your registration was not successful. Please email the Volunteer Coordinator or call 614-717-2770 ext. 100.

STEP 4: Report your volunteer time
During the first week of each month an email will be sent to you requesting that you report your volunteer time online. If you do not receive an email, please report your time anyway. You may send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator or 614-717-2770 ext. 100 or mail your hours. Please include your name, address, phone number, date of volunteer service, task, time spent volunteering, round trip drive time (if applicable) and preserve name (if applicable). Please report your time even if you signed the sign-in form on the project day. This is an extremely important step in the volunteer process. It is important because:
• We want to acknowledge your hard work when you reach volunteering milestones
• Your volunteer time may count as “match” for grant funding
• You can provide us with concrete data to use in securing grant funding
• You can help us prove that we have community support for the work we do

We have projects on preserves throughout Ohio almost every weekend of the year. Take a look at our list of upcoming projects.

For details about the preserves including county. Please note that because several of our preserves are closed to the public, we do not have specific directions for those listed on the website.

We host volunteer projects on the following preserves throughout Ohio:

Northeast Ohio Preserves:
Morgan Swamp and the Grand River Conservation Campus
Lucia S. Nash Preserve 
Beck Fen
Herrick Fen
Flatiron Lake Bog

Northwest Ohio Preserves:
Kitty Todd

Central Ohio Preserves:
Big Darby Headwaters
Little Darby

Southern Ohio:
Edge of Appalachia
Strait Creek
Redbird Hollow