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  RiverScape MetroPark
RiverScape MetroPark
111 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 275-PARK (7275)
 
   
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Volunteer OpportunityDates NeededTime CommitmentSkills NeededAdditional RequirementsBecome a Volunteer
Corporate, Group & Scout Volunteers
Organized groups who wish to do some volunteer work for Five Rivers MetroParks are invited to contact us for specific opportunities. Depending on the park, work available is conservation in nature, specifically invasive plant removal, or includes grounds maintenance, land management, greenhouse production and special events.
All Year Half or whole-day projects are available. No experience necessary. Contact the Volunteer Service Manager at (937) 275-PARK.
Adopt-a-Park
Individuals, local businesses and service clubs join us for a day of regional cleanup of Five Rivers MetroParks and waterways throughout the county. Visit http://www.metroparks.org/adopt for more information or to register.
April 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Volunteers of all ages, from young children to seniors are invited to help us make our parks and river corridors healthier and friendlier place to visit. Each volunteer will receive a T-shirt and a free lunch. MetroParks will also be providing gloves, and trash bags. Contact the Volunteer Service Manager at (937) 275-PARK or visit http://www.metroparks.org/adopt to register.
First Bloom Volunteers
First Bloom volunteers help to prepare and maintain the beautiful planters that grace the sidewalks in downtown Dayton.
Spring-Fall Weekday and weekend opportunities are available. No gardening experience necessary, training included. New volunteers are always welcome! For more information, contact our volunteer coordinator at (937) 277-6545.
Recreation Event Support
Volunteer at one of our events that engage people in outdoor recreation and adventure: The Adventure Summit (winter), Bike to Work Day (spring), Paddle in the Park (summer), and the Midwest Outdoor Experience (fall). Dates and more information can be found on the event pages.
All Year 2-4 hour shifts No experience necessary; training provided Volunteers are highly encouraged to attend an event volunteer orientation prior to volunteering. 14 and older For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation or call (937) 277-4374.
Garden Maintenance
Assist with planting, watering and garden maintenance at RiverScape and Deeds Point MetroParks! Gardeners will work side by side with horticultural experts in these showcase parks, caring for colorful beds of annuals, and helping to weed, water and change seasonal planters.
Spring-Fall 2-3 hour commitment per week is desired. Volunteers work on Monday or Thursday mornings. No gardening experience necessary, training included. Free Parking is provided. New volunteers are always welcome! For more information, contact our volunteer coordinator at (937) 277-6545.
Master Recycler
Learn the details of reducing, reusing and recycling in the Master Recycler course sponsored by Five Rivers MetroParks and Montgomery County Solid Waste District. Over 600 tons of trash pass through this facility every day. Classes will be full of information and tips to help you do your part to reduce this number.
When offered, usually March-April Thursday evenings Upon completion of the course, participants are requested to volunteer a specific number of hours with the Montgomery County Solid Waste District or Five Rivers MetroParks. Fee: $25; covers materials. Potential applicants should contact Kevin Kepler, MetroParks Volunteer Services Manager, at 937-275-PARK to obtain an application and schedule an interview.
MVP: MetroParks Volunteer Patrol
Volunteer while doing what you love by joining MetroParks Volunteer Patrols (MVPs). Join one of four patrols: Bike, Hike, Mountain Bike, or Horse. MVPs communicate information about trail conditions and foster positive public interactions.
All year; New volunteer training is once per year in January Minimum of 50 hours per year Must be proficient in the area you’ll be patrolling (hiking, biking, mountain biking, or horseback riding) and provide your own equipment (bike, helmet, horse, etc.) 18 and older; Interviews and fingerprinting required; Must attend specified trainings For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation or call (937) 277-4374.
Your Best Vegetable Garden
"Whether you are a beginning gardener or an experienced gardener wanting to get new ideas, check out this course. Classes will be followed with a seventh session offered as a field trip. A different topic will be covered each week that will lead to you growing “your best vegetable garden.” Weekly classes will include a lecture and hands-on activity. Guest speakers will be professional instructors from commercial and horticultural fields with expertise in the following topics: composting & soil preparation, planning, planting, pests, preservation, and projects. "
March 4-April 8 Tuesday evenings Upon completion of the course, participants are requested to volunteer 25 hours with Five Rivers MetroParks. "Fee: $20 will include a manual and handouts specific to vegetable gardening." Potential applicants should contact Kevin Kepler, MetroParks Volunteer Services Manager, at 937-275-PARK to obtain an application and schedule an interview.
MVP: MetroParks Volunteer Patrol
Volunteer while doing what you love by joining MetroParks Volunteer Patrols (MVPs). Join one of four patrols: Bike, Hike, Mountain Bike, or Horse. MVPs communicate information about trail conditions and foster positive public interactions.
All year; New volunteer training is once per year in January Minimum of 50 hours per year Must be proficient in the area you’ll be patrolling (hiking, biking, mountain biking, or horseback riding) and provide your own equipment (bike, helmet, horse, etc.) 18 and older; Interviews and fingerprinting required; Must attend specified trainings For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation or call (937) 277-4374.
Paddlesport Assistant
Get out on the water and learn how to help others paddle safely. Training is provided to help volunteers get comfortable guiding others as an assistant with the paddling programs we offer throughout the summer and fall.
Summer - Fall; New volunteer training offered once per year in May At least two programs following training Some paddling experience preferred; training and equipment provided 18 and older; Interview and fingerprinting required For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation or call (937) 277-4374.
 
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