Volunteer with your Metro Parks

Metro Parks has a dedicated team of more than 900 volunteers who contribute their time, energy and talents toward the preservation and enjoyment of natural areas and parks for millions of central Ohio visitors.

Metro Parks volunteers have fun, meet people and learn new skills while working in some of the most beautiful land in Ohio, with our 20 parks comprising more than 28,500 acres of land. Volunteer opportunities are as varied as the Metro Parks themselves.

How to become a volunteer

It’s easy to start volunteering

All you need to become a volunteer is enthusiasm for our natural or cultural history, a willingness to learn and a desire to share with others. Work schedules are flexible and depend on your chosen assignment and park. No previous training or experience is needed; training programs are provided. Most volunteer assignments are for ages 16 and up.

To learn more about volunteering at Metro Parks check out the Volunteer Opportunities listed below, attend a Volunteer Information session and complete a Volunteer application. Volunteer Information sessions provide a Metro Parks overview and information about park specific volunteer opportunities and are held twice annually.

Metro Parks Volunteers Working on Duck Box

Volunteer Opportunities

Metro Parks Volunteer Horticulture Pink Dogwood in Rock Garden
Photo Bryan Knowles

Volunteers and Junior Volunteers (ages 11 and over) may assist the Inniswood Metro Gardens team members with the general flowerbed maintenance and grounds upkeep, as well as help with children’s programs. Volunteers must attend a training session held in March. For details, contact Inniswood Volunteer Coordinator at 614-895-6226.

Metro Parks Volunteer Naturalist BDC Living Stream

Volunteer naturalists can choose to work with school groups programs, in the nature centers or behind the scenes on projects such as monitoring bluebird boxes. These opportunities are available at Battelle Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods, Blendon Woods, Clear Creek, Glacier Ridge, Highbanks, Homestead, Sharon Woods and Three Creeks.

Bikers on Alum Creek Trail
Photo Barbara Nye

Trail volunteers monitor the trails and public areas of a park for safety, report trail hazards and provide information and assistance to visitors. These opportunities are available at all parks.

Metro Parks Resource Management volunteers plant a tree in the hunting area at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park as part of a quail habitat improvement project. | A Resource Management team member walks through some of the assembled trees awaiting planting.
Photos Carrie Morrow

Resource Management volunteers help plant wetlands, harvest prairie seeds, remove invasive plants and assist in other wildlife management. Most of these projects occur during the weekday at parks throughout the district.

Metro Parks Slate Run Wheat Cutting
Photo Frank Kozarich

Slate Run Farm volunteers work on an 1880s living historical farm and assist with programs. Slate Run Farm permits children to volunteer with parents or supervising adults.

Scout Volunteers Boy with Bullfrog in Innis Wood
Photo Barbara Nye

Scouts may volunteer as a group or individually. These opportunities are set up based on the needs of the scouts and the parks. To schedule a volunteer day, discuss an Eagle Scout project or scout service work, email info@metroparks.net. Please include a project, park location and timeframe in your email.

Metro Parks Corporate Partners Volunteer
Photo Kim Myers

Is your company looking to give back to Metro Parks? We love to host groups for clean ups, invasive plant removal and other projects. To schedule email info@metro parks.net. Please include a project idea, park location preference, number of participants and timeframe in your email.

Volunteer John Lorenz looks for aquatic animals in a seining net.
Photo John Nixon

Short term or one-time volunteer opportunities can be arranged and often include litter clean ups and invasive plant removal. These are flexible to meet the needs of the volunteer and park. Email info@metroparks.net to find out more.

Masses of plastics and aluminum were deposited alongside Greenway Trails by flooding.
Photo Amanda Marks

Clean Up Volunteers- Short term or one-time volunteer clean up opportunities can often be arranged to meet the needs of the volunteer and park. Email info@metroparks.net.

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News & Volunteer Opportunities

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Scouts and volunteers helped build Metro Parks

Metro Parks’ Adventure Starts Here video for September focuses on the terrific work of scouts and volunteers in helping Metro Parks to grow in the 75 years since the first …Read More

Attacking the Invaders!

ANDREW BOOSE Aquatic Ecologist Invasive management has been the primary focus of Metro Parks Resource Management’s recent activities. Resource Management volunteers have been working away removing invasive plants at some …Read More

Building a habitat for quail

CARRIE MORROW Assistant Resource Manager Metro Parks natural resource management staff were joined by their volunteers to plant 100 native trees and shrubs in the wildlife area of Battelle Darby …Read More

Fighting the hemlock woolly adelgid

AN UPDATE ON TREATMENT FOR THE HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID AT CLEAR CREEK METRO PARK Staff and volunteers were able to tag over 6,000 hemlock trees in two separate areas of …Read More

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