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Next in Nature Volunteers


Throughout the year, Cincinnati Nature Center hosts volunteer days for local youth and high school students. We adapt to the changing needs of Cincinnati Nature Center and take on various tasks at our Rowe Woods and Long Branch Farm & Trails locations. 

When maple season arrives, we are there to help collect data on the trees in our sugarbush and in early spring we begin sprucing up the grounds for the coming summer. No matter what, we always try to have a laugh or two. Bring your best worst jokes and join this highly valued crew on its next adventure. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, fill out our volunteer application!

Youth Volunteer Seasonal Breakdown




  • Willow Work: The willow tunnel in our Nature Playscape is maintained 100% by volunteers. Come build and maintenance this living structure!

  • Maple Science: Help measure the health of the maple trees used to make syrup at Cincinnati Nature Center! Take scientific data including the age of the trees and the sugar content of their sap.

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  • Leaders-in-Training: Join in on the fun of CincyNature Camps! Volunteering as an LIT is a great way to learn about the natural world, develop key leadership skills, and become a positive role model for the youngest generation of nature lovers.

  • Trail Team: Trail Team volunteers will be trained in customer service and interpretation techniques to engage with guests on the trails.




  • Vernal Pool Monitoring: Take part in one of the many community science projects at the Nature Center as we listen for frogs and look for eggs.

  • Herb Wall: Come do some light gardening work and unearth portions of the historic Herb Wall Garden!




  • High School Service Days: In the fall, schools and clubs are always looking to have a day of service, so I try to have a few projects on hand around this time of year to serve multiple schools. If your high school or environmental club is interested in having a day of service, please contact us at to schedule a service day!

Ongoing Volunteering


  • Herbarium Project: Help build a herbarium for research purposes at Cincinnati Nature Center. An herbarium is a physical collection of dried plants found in a specific area. We will learn how to collect, press, dry, and mount a variety of plant species.

  • Habitat Restoration: Fight against non-native species by learning how to identify and remove the plants causing our woods the most trouble.

Group Volunteering

If you are a member or leader of a high school club, and would like to either volunteer or plan a hike with the Nature Center, feel free to reach out to Jeremy Garlock, the Youth Volunteer Coordinator at Let's discuss how Cincinnati Nature Center can best help you!

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