Cincinnati Parks

Our Parks depend on support from those who use and love them. Your contribution of time is one way to help Cincinnati Parks maintain our status as one of the top urban park systems in the country. From working out in the parks with dirty hands to engaging the community for special events to administrative tasks – there are opportunities for everyone. We have one-time and ongoing opportunities available to provide you with a rewarding and satisfying volunteer experience.

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Administrative, Creative & Special Interest Projects

Cincinnati Parks welcome the help and talents of a wide variety. The gifts of many talented, pragmatic, devoted volunteers enhance our parks and programming in invaluble ways.

If you have a knack for crafting, building, photography, creative writing, data entry, crunching numbers, organizing, scheduling, sewing, acting, playing, technology, or anything you'd like to share - please check out what these interesting or unusual ways volunteers help us! If you see something missing - contact our Volunteer Coordinator. 


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Mask Makers 1
Multi-Media Support Team 1
Photgraphy, Videography & Editing 1
Tree Catalog Project 0
Virtual Administrative Support 1

Burnet Woods - Preserve Burnet Woods

Preserve Burnet Woods volunteers participate in invasive species removal, litter pick-up, nature education programs and community events with the mission to 'protect, promote, celebrate and sustain Burnet Woods as a community-supported greenspace and urban oasis'.  We welcome and appreciate everyone in our community who wants to be involved with the Burnet Woods. 

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Habitat Heroes Honeysuckle Removal 4 11/7/2020 1/16/2021

CPAC's - Cincinnati Parks Advisory Councils

CPAC Mission: To build and maintain public support for Cincinnati Parks by providing feedback to the Cincinnati Park Board and exchanging and sharing information and providing mutual support between park advisory councils.


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CUF Area Parks 1
Mt. Airy Forest Advisory Council 1
Mt. Echo Advisory Council 1
Preserve Burnet Woods 1
The Friends of Alms Park 1

Krohn Conservatory

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Holiday Ambassador 18 11/28/2020 1/2/2021
Krohn Conservatory Grounds Assistance 0
Krohn Conservatory Horticulture Help 0
Krohn Conservatory Outreach Capstone 1
Krohn Crafters 1
Show Change 0 11/10/2020 11/11/2020

Land Management - Deer Program

The purpose of the Deer Program is to reduce (not eliminate) the number of deer in order to restore the health of our parks and to sustain long-term biodiversity and native forest plant species.

The Cincinnati Park Board has a responsibility to conserve the natural resources under it’s ownership for future generations to enjoy. The overpopulation of deer severely threatens those natural resources by reducing the diversity of plant life, including seedling trees that would become our future forest, and the wildlife that depend upon those resources. We feel that reducing the deer population is a key component of managing our natural resources and maintaining biodiversity.

Each year more than a hundred licensed, qualified bow hunters volunteer hours and skills to support the deer management program. 

For more information about the deer management program, follow this link to the FAQ page on our website.

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2020/2021 Bow Hunting Season 1 7/27/2020 3/31/2021

Orientation and Training Workshops for Volunteers

Orientations for new volunteers and special trainings and workshops facilitated by Parks Staff offered to volunteers currently serving in Parks. 

  • Training/workshops may include tool use and safety training, growing practices, design concepts
  • Informative presentations regarding Cincinnati Park Board history and current land use, among other topics

Monthly orientations held for volunteers seeking more information about the opportunities to support Cincinnati Parks. 

  • The orientation will include a brief presentation about Parks, how we serve, who we serve, and the expectations of being a representative for Cincinnati Parks. 
  • Parks Staff will sometimes present information on their role and how volunteers have helped them. 
  • Details about specific opportunities offered in Parks 

For more information, please contact, 513.479.8916

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New Volunteer Orientation 2 11/17/2020 12/15/2020


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Trail Maintenance 1

Working In Parks - Independently

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Ault Park - Cherry Tree Care and Maintenance 1 4/1/2020 11/30/2020
Horticulture Assistance IN YOUR PARK 1
Litter Pick Up In YOUR Park 1
Mt. Storm Gardeners 1
Olden View Garden Helpers 1
Riverfront Clean Up and Horticulture Assistance ONGOING 1
Tree Maintenance & Care 1

Working In Parks - Scheduled

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Alms Park Fall Invasive Control Series 1 11/14/2020 11/14/2020
California Woods Fall Forest Restoration Series 1 11/14/2020 11/14/2020
Litter Pick Up in Twin Lakes 62 10/31/2020 12/31/2020
Smale Gardening Group 31 3/23/2021 10/26/2021


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Mission Statement

"To conserve, manage, sustain and enhance parks' natural and cultural resources and public green spaces for the enjoyment, enlightenment and enrichment of the Cincinnati community."

The mission of the Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners is “to conserve, manage, sustain, and enhance parks’ natural and cultural resources and public greenspace for the enjoyment, enlightenment and enrichment of the Cincinnati community.“ Our vision is to serve as a leader in using Cincinnati parks to build better lives and better communities. The Park Board’s guiding principles are for the parks to be clean, safe, reliable, green, beautiful and enriching.

Cincinnati Parks C.A.R.E.S

Creating Economic Impacts

Advancing Conservation

Rejuvenating Health and Wellness

Enhancing Quality of Life

Sustaining Social Equity