Community Event & Educational Programming - Everybody in Cincinnati Parks - Adaptive Hiking Program

Our Partners at the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Present:

Everybody in Cincinnati Parks Adaptive Hiking Program

We are seeking volunteers to support this incredible program as "Sherpas" to carry hikers on trails with the Rosie apparatus.


Using special all-terrain wheelchairs, called “Rosies,” trained volunteers are able to move “hikers” of any ability over rough trails, down staircases, across creek beds, and much more. For many participants, these chairs will make it possible to be immersed in nature in ways that would be otherwise impossible. 

Volunteers, or "Sherpa's" are an extremely important component of this program. A minimum of sixteen volunteers are required per hike.

Our "Rosie's" allow us to provide an uplifting experience for everyone in the great outdoors. An orientation is provided prior to each event by lead Sherpas. We ask that volunteers arrive to the site by 8:30am. The first hike will commence at 9am, and the second at 10:30. Volunteers are expected to stay for both hikes. The hikes will end at approximately 12:00-12:30pm. 

Two Sherpas carry a Rosie at a time. We schedule a minimum of four Sherpas for each Rosie to ensure all Sherpas can swap out when needed. There are four hikers scheduled for each time slot. This means up to sixteen hikers can get out on trails for each event with the help of volunteers!


5/13- Burnet Woods

6/3- Caldwell Nature Preserve

7/1- Ault Park

8/5- Parker Woods/Buttercup Valley

9/2- French Park 

10/7- Mt. Airy (in conjunction with TrailFest!) 


A growing body of research shows that spending time outdoors in parks improves physical and psychological health. By enjoying this guided, safe programming for families, participants can boost their wellbeing and learn first-hand about the positive impacts that accessible parks can make in their lives.