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Be a MetroParks Volunteer!
Express your care and concern for the environment, learn new skills and meet people with similar interests as a volunteer for Five Rivers MetroParks.

As a volunteer, you will provide a valuable contribution to the preservation and enjoyment of our natural areas.

Review the opportunities at the facilities and with various programs and contact the Volunteer Services Manager for the areas that interest you. Call (937) 275-PARK (7275) for more information or download and print the Volunteer Application.

Episodic Volunteer Opportunities in 2015
Wanna get a sampling of what it's like to volunteer for MetroParks? Lend a hand at one of our events! To volunteer, contact Kevin Kepler, Volunteer Services Manager, at or call (937) 275-PARK.

Volunteer Orientations
We welcome your skills and interest! Learn about volunteering at one of these volunteer orientation sessions. Coming to an orientation does not commit you to anything. Join us and find out how you can get involved!

Become a MetroParks Gift Shop Volunteer
The Friends of Carriage Hill Country Store and the Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation Gift and Garden Shop are both looking for volunteers to help staff their open store hours. Store volunteers play a vital role in daily operations where responsibilities include welcoming customers, answering questions about merchandise and completing sales transactions. Retail experience is a plus, but we will train you on simple cash register transactions and opening/closing procedures.

If interested, contact (937) 277-5445 or for details about Wegerzyn Gardens or (937) 275-5006 or for details about Carriage Hill.


Conservation Efforts

At the core of our mission is the protection and stewardship of the Miami Valley's natural and cultural heritage.

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  Volunteers enjoy the following benefits:
  • Gain experience using a wide array of skills
  • Share your interests with people of all ages
  • Improve the quality of life in Montgomery County
  • Get professional training on a variety of topics
  • Learn more about the natural world
  • Develop friendships
  • Interact with park visitors
  • Get exercise in the great-out-of-doors
  • Use your creativity

Whether it's a year, a month, a week or even a few hours - there's a place for you as a MetroParks volunteer! Call (937) 275-PARK (7275). for more information or download and print the Volunteer Application.

  The following foundations support our educational & environmental programs and guide continued development:

Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation

James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation

  Volunteer Councils help implement the strategies & missions developed by the park foundations.

  • Adult Education
  • Horticulture
  • Children’s Programs
  • Urban Land Stewardship
  • Community Gardens
  • Volunteer and Member\Development
  • Fundraising & Development
  Along with the individual donors and members who support MetroParks, many area organizations and businesses partner with us to provide gifts, sponsorships & and in-kind services and programming.
  To learn more about how your company or organization can get involved, contact us at (937) 275-PARK (7275).
  MetroParks can work with you on planned gifts, memorial contributions or in-kind support. For more information, contact (937) 275-PARK (7275).

For Dennis Marsh, the benefits of being the volunteer coordinator for the Founders Community Gardens reach beyond simply encouraging friends and neighbors to be more healthy and self-sufficient. For Marsh, it’s downright therapeutic. “When I’m working with the soil, I feel like I’m being healed,” the Dayton resident says. “I believe this is what the creator intended for us—growing our own food and putting just the goodness that comes out of the Earth into our bodies.”

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