Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford, OH 45150-9737
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Our mission Inspiring Conservation.
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Cincinnati Nature Center teams up with Graeter’s and LaRosa’s to provide free seed packets to help pollinators

Cincinnati Nature Center teams up with Graeter’s and LaRosa’s to provide free seed packets to help pollinators

Cincinnati Nature Center

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Ways to help

Land Steward

Since 2008, land stewardship staff and volunteers have treated over 500 acres of invasive species such as Amur “bush” honeysuckle, oriental bittersweet, multi-flora rose, autumn olive, and garlic mustard. Work individually or as part of a group to enhance natural habitat on a designated parcel of CNC land. Projects will be cutting or removing invasive plants using hand tools, and applying herbicides as needed to prevent re-growth.
  • One-time, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Native Plant Propagation Program Volunteer

One of the Nature Center's newest projects, the goal of this initiative is to develop a resource for acquiring native plants, shrubs, and trees for habitat restoration projects on CNC lands. Volunteers will work with staff in harvesting and processing seed from our forest and fields. Seed collection work occurs primarily from September through November. Other tasks may occur throughout the year as needed. This activity will require hiking out to locations and walking through tall fields potentially with thorns, mosquitoes, tics, other insects, burs, etc.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays
Ways to help youth thrive

Children's Saturday Program Assistant

As a Children's Saturday Program Assistant, you assist CNC staff in providing monthly Children’s Saturday Programs for ages 5-6, 7-9, or 10-13. Sessions run September-December and February-May. Once a month per session, the same small groups of children come together to enjoy hands-on experience learning about nature. We typically do some short topic-specific introductory activities before hitting the trails, rain or shine, to learn about the seasonal topic of the month. This is a great opportunity if you are interested in working with youth, have age-appropriate group management skills, or possess a willingness to learn. Natural history knowledge not required, but will be helpful. We are looking for volunteers who are punctual and able to come on a consistent basis; the children get to know these volunteers and the consistency of seeing the same leaders each month is important.
  • Education, Social Skills
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School
  • Same Small Group
  • Enrichment, STEM
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals
  • 1 Semester
  • 1 Hour/Month
  • Weekends
  • Moderate

Early Childhood Educator

Assist in our Nature Preschool, Monday-Friday, mornings or afternoons. Students go outside to explore every day, rain or shine!
  • Education, Social Skills
  • Babies and Toddlers
  • Same Large (5+) Group
  • Enrichment, STEM
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals
  • 1 Semester
  • 2+ Hours/Week
  • Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons
  • Moderate

Nature Playscape Volunteer

Playscape Ambassadors work with CNC staff, interns and fellow volunteers to enrich visitor experiences. Ambassadors also serve as a front line greeter – they answer questions and provide information to enhance the guests’ visit. No prior experience with natural history required. Volunteers in this position should love working with adults and children and be willing to learn CNC’s trails and history. All training is provided!
  • Enrichment (Arts)
  • Babies and Toddlers, Elementary (5-10), Middle School
  • Different Small Groups
  • Enrichment, STEM
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals
  • 1 Full Year
  • 1 Hour/Week
  • Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons, Weekends
  • Moderate

School Group Field Trip Assistant

Assist with visiting groups who will be learning through play-based stations on natural topics. Ability to volunteer at least two school days per month, a love of working with children, and a fascination with sharing nature with others. Training provided. Groups are scheduled in the months of September, October, April and May.
  • Education
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School
  • Different Small Groups
  • Enrichment, STEM
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals
  • 1 School Year
  • 2+ Hours/Week
  • Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons
  • In-depth

Trailside Ambassador

The Trailside Volunteer Program is a fluid system, encouraging the involvement of adults of any age or background to help Cincinnati Nature Center serve its mission of educating the public and inspiring passion for nature and conservation. Involvement Level 1: Trailside Rowe-ver Involvement Level 2: Trailside Ambassador Involvement Level 3: Trailside Naturalist As a volunteer grows, they are welcome to casually flow between involvement levels as they feel comfortable doing so. New volunteers will start as Rowe-vers and may choose to complete more training over time to move up in the program. No prior experience with natural history required. Volunteers in this position should love working with adults and children and be willing to learn CNC’s trails and history. All training is provided! Volunteers will serve 4-8 hours each month. Minimum requirement is one morning or afternoon a month. Dates and times are flexible.
  • Enrichment (Arts)
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School
  • Different Small Groups
  • Enrichment, STEM
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals
  • 1 Full Year
  • 1 Hour/Month
  • Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons, Weekends
  • Moderate
How you help Each year, our dedicated volunteers give thousands of hours of their time to teach visitors about nature, preserve and restore the land, and assist with events and office duties.
About us Cincinnati Nature Center is a nonprofit nature education organization. For more than 50 years, we have provided visitors with enriching experiences in nature. Our award-winning trails offer something for people of all ages during all seasons. The ever-changing beauty of nature attracts more than 200,000 guests each year.
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